The Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines
has granted additional entitlements to Cebu Pacific for
international routes from Manila to the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), from various points in the Philippines to Taipei and
Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and from Manila to key destinations in
Cebu Pacific was granted the right to operate
seven additional flights weekly from Manila to the UAE, which
would allow the airline to launch flights to any point in the UAE.
Currently, Cebu Pacific is fully utilizing its entitlements with daily
flights between Manila and Dubai.
Cebu Pacific's request for
rights to operate direct flights to Taipei from Caticlan, Clark,
Davao, Puerto Princesa, and Tagbilaran, as well as direct flights
to Kaohsiung from Caticlan and Cebu, was likewise granted. The
airline is presently operating ten times weekly flights between
Manila and Taipei, and thrice weekly flights between Cebu and
Cebu Pacific was also designated as an official
Philippine carrier to Russia, and was granted thrice weekly
flights each from Manila to Moscow and Vladivostok.
In the same board meeting, CAB approved Cebu
Pacific's request to be
designated as an official carrier under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS). As soon as the Philippines
completes the ratification of the relevant protocols of the MAAS,
Cebu Pacific will be able to operate unlimited flights between capital
cities within the ASEAN region.
"We sincerely thank
and commend the members of the Civil Aeronautics Board for
enabling Philippine carriers such as Cebu Pacific to expand
operations to key international destinations. We've always
maintained that traffic rights are valuable resources that must be
rationally allocated to carriers that are willing and able to
utilize and operate flights. We look forward to mounting
additional flights to meet the growing travel demand in
communities we serve, and opening new routes to stimulate travel
in emerging markets," said Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific VP for
Cebu Pacific currently offers flights to a network
of over 90 routes on 60 destinations, spanning Sydney, Dubai,
Doha, Bali, and Tokyo (Narita).
Cebu Pacific's 55-strong fleet is comprised of 8
Airbus A319, 33 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500
aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, Cebu
Pacific will take delivery of 5 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
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