The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) announces it will mount additional domestic flights in anticipation of the summer peak period in the Philippines. This is also in time for the arrival of two more brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft from Toulouse, France this March 2012.
The following CEB routes will become daily from February 8 to June 15, 2012: Cebu-Dipolog, Cebu-Legazpi and Cebu-Pagadian. Three more weekly flights will be added to the Cebu-Puerto Princesa route, making it 10 times weekly from March 17 to June 4, 2012.
From March 24 to April 25, 2012, CEB is also adding flights to the following routes: Manila-Legazpi and Manila-Puerto Princesa (total of 4 daily flights each).
“We know that these additional flights and connectivity will play a big part in enticing more local and foreign tourists to these destinations. Legazpi is the gateway to whale shark encounters in Donsol, Sorsogon. Meanwhile, CEB remains the largest airline operating to and from Puerto Princesa, which is world-renowned for its Underground River,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
The summer peak months of March and April will also see flight frequency increases for the following routes: Cebu-Bacolod (total of 17 weekly flights), Cebu-Caticlan (3 daily flights), Cebu-Davao (5 daily flights), Davao-Iloilo (2 daily flights) and Cebu-Siargao (4 weekly flights). CEB is the only airline flying direct to Siargao, an international surfing destination.
Flight frequency additions will be extended from March 24 to June 4, 2012 for the following high-traffic routes: Manila-Cebu (total of 99 weekly flights), Manila-Bacolod (40 weekly flights) and Manila-Iloilo (7 daily flights).
“Because of these additional flights, passengers have more travel and flight options. We encourage passengers to book in advance to get the best travel deals, and to do web check-in for added convenience before their flights,” Iyog added.
CEB offers free web check-in service with free seat selection, from 48 hours up to 4 hours before all Airbus flights. Passengers automatically get assigned a seat for free during the web check-in process through the Manage Bookings section in the CEB website.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www.cebupacificair.com, or call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888. The latest seat sales and promos can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.
CEB flew close to 12 million passengers from January to December 2011, an increase of 14% over 10.5 million passengers in 2010. It will launch the following flights in the 1st half of 2012: Manila-Hanoi (March 17), Manila-Xiamen and Kalibo-Hong Kong (March 23), and Manila-Siem Reap (April 19).
CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 20 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 38 aircraft – with an average age of 3.6 years – is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2012 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 22 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders, and 2 Airbus A320 aircraft on operating lease agreements.