Filipino airline pairs up with UAE exchange service

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  • Al Ansari Exchange and Cebu Airlines set to work together for over-the-counter cash payments for flights
  • Mobile app or online flight bookings can also be used, with payments then made in store
  • “We will continuously embark on innovative initiatives to further enhance our products and services to deliver unique and quality customer experience”, says Al Ansari spokesperson


A leading airlines in the Philippines has announced that it will pair up with a United Arab Emirates-based international money transfers platform to help passengers make speedy payments and transfers.

UAE-based customers of Cebu Pacific, which is the largest airline in the country, will now be able to pay for their flights at one of the almost 200 branches of Al Ansari Exchange in the United Arab Emirates.

It will be possible for people to pay for their flights in cash over the counter, for example, including if they have booked online or used the Cebu Airlines mobile app within the preceding 24 hours.

There are 188 branches of the firm in the United Arab Emirates, meaning that there is a lot of choice for customers.

The firm is known for providing relatively competitive airline prices, and it offers flights to a range of destinations. It flies to 37 locations within the Philippines as well as 27 destinations abroad.

Al Ansari Exchange, meanwhile, is a remittance services firm which was set up in the UAE in 1945 and opened its first registered office in 1979. It is now a fast growing name on the transfer scene in the country.

A spokesperson for Cebu Airlines said that the firm was “pleased” with the new partnership with Al Ansari.

“We are pleased to partner with one of the largest exchange houses in the UAE, with a vast network of branches”, said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution at Cebu Pacific.

“With this partnership, we’re able to provide more options to our customers which will make it even more convenient for them to avail our trademark year-round low fares.”

“Our passengers’ interests have always been at the core of our operations. We are always keen on finding ways to better serve our customers from offering a wide network of destinations to giving more payment solutions”, she added.

For Al Ansari Exchange, Rashed Ali Al Ansari, the firm’s general manager, said that the move would “better serve our Filipino customers”.

“Our collaboration with Cebu Pacific is indeed another opportunity to better serve our Filipino customers who can now conveniently pay for their Cebu Pacific air tickets in any of our branches and benefit from our flexible and extended working hours”, he said.

“We will continuously embark on innovative initiatives to further enhance our products and services to deliver unique and quality customer experience.”

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