Cebu Pacific will be calling for for Open Skies
between the Philippines and Japan at the upcoming RP-Japan Air
Consultation Talks, to be held on 11-13 September 2013 in Tokyo.
In its position paper submitted to the Philippine Air Consultation
Panel on 15 August 2013, Cebu Pacific recognized the government’s efforts
in increasing capacity at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
(NAIA), such as minimizing general aviation traffic, but
emphasized that should NAIA capacity become rapidly available,
Philippine carriers will not be able to mount flights because of
the lack of seat entitlements.
Seat entitlements have to be given first by
countries such as Japan, so airlines like Cebu Pacific can increase flights
to or add destinations internationally. An Open Skies agreement
will speed up this process and allow Cebu Pacific to immediately expand its Japan operations.
Cebu Pacific currently operates from Manila to Osaka
Japan, once one of the most
protective aviation sectors in the world, has signed Open Skies
agreements with countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, France, Sri Lanka,
United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Cebu Pacific plans to aggressively expand into Japan in the
future. We fully support the CAB in its efforts to further boost tourism and the Philippine aviation industry. An Open Skies
agreement with Japan will benefit local tourism and trade, especially since we believe Japan can rival South Korea when it
comes to foreign tourist arrivals,” said Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and
Distribution Candice Iyog.
CEB noted the compounded
decrease of -2% in DOT’s Japan foreign arrival statistics from
2006-2011, and attributed it to the lack of additional seat
entitlements. Meanwhile, tourist arrivals from ASEAN countries
grew by double digits.
“Aside from Japan being one
of the Philippines’ biggest trading partners, it is also home to
350,000 global Filipinos. Cebu Pacific’s expansion in Japan will
allow us to offer our trademark lowest fares to the Philippines to
boost business and leisure traffic,” Iyog added.
Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 15 more
Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 5 Airbus A330 aircraft. Cebu
Pacific currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 27 Airbus A320, 1 Airbus A330
and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 46 aircraft is one of the
most modern aircraft fleets in the world.
inception in 1996, Cebu Pacific has flown over 80 million passengers. It
continues to stimulate short-haul travel of passengers around
Asia, with an 11% system-wide passenger growth in 2012.
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