Fri, 19 April 2019

Cebu Pacific Increases Capacity on Key Routes

Cebu Pacific has increased the weekly frequency of flights to and from Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan), Dumaguete, Siargao, Iloilo, Caticlan (Boracay), Ozamiz and Zamboanga by an average 63%.

Flights between Manila and Cebu had likewise increased 24%.

The increase in flights from its Cebu hub is on top of its six-times-weekly Cebu-Shanghai and Shanghai-Cebu routes which also commenced on 15 April 2019.

Cebu Pacific had earlier stated that it would ramp-up capacity at its Cebu hub by as much as 20% in 2019. The carrier is positioning Cebu has its beach hubówith strategic connections to foremost vacation destinations such as Siargao, Camiguin, Puerto Princesa and Caticlan (Boracay).

Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 reg: RP-C3279. Picture taken by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

From Cebu, the airline also mounts direct flights to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Clark, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Kalibo, Legazpi, Pagadian, Surigao, Tacloban, Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo (Narita), Singapore and Incheon.

For its Clark hub, CEB has also increased capacity of flights to and from Caticlan (Boracay) by 231%, shifting from the 78-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft to the Airbus A320.

The airline also plans to launch daily flights between Clark and Iloilo; Clark and Bacolod; as well as Clark and Narita, starting 9 August 2019; and daily flights between Clark and Puerto Princesa starting 9 October 2019.

"We are now in a position to allot aircraft to expand key routes in our other hubs. We are excited over the prospects for growth and will continue to roll-out new routes when the opportunities arise," said Alexander Lao, Vice-President for Commercial Planning of Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific also plans to launch an additional daily flight between Manila and Bangkok, starting 28 April 2019, raising capacity by 41%.

 The carrier is also upgauging aircraft on key international routes from Manila starting this month, switching to its 236-seat Airbus A321neo for flights to and from Narita and Denpasar (Bali), ramping up capacity by three percent, respectively; and to its 436-seat Airbus A330 for its Osaka and Shanghai routes, which will grow the number of seats by 90%, respectively.

In 2018, CEB flew over 20 million passengers to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations, across over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.

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