Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Dubai, UAE, March 10, 2019
The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), is set to expand its route network from its hubs at Clark and Cebu this year, on the back of increasing demand from tourists for more direct and seamless connections.
Speaking at the Routes Asia conference in Cebu, Michael Ivan Shau, Chief Operations Officer of Cebu Pacific, announced that the carrier will launch three new domestic routes from the Clark International Airport. CEB will mount daily flights between its hubs in Clark and Iloilo; as well as between Clark and Bacolod, starting August 9, 2019. Beginning October 9, 2019, CEB will mount daily flights between Clark and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
“There’s still a lot of opportunity for expansion within the Philippines—inter-island connections from key cities like Clark and Cebu. We believe that there is a significant untapped market in northern provinces in the Philippines. Creating direct links between domestic destinations and our other hubs will spur tourism and movement of goods and investments, whilst doing away with having to pass through the main hub in Manila,” Shau noted.
The Clark International Airport has served as the hub for North and Central Luzon of Cebu Pacific for the past ten years. It has emerged as one of Asia’s fastest-growing airports, with passenger volume breaching 2.5 million in 2018. Over the past six months, CEB has boosted frequency in Clark by over 75%, with direct connections to Cebu, Caticlan (Boracay), Tagbilaran, Davao, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong.
“We are also in the final stages of launching a new route between Cebu and mainland China. We’ll have more details on that soon,” added Shau. Cebu Pacific had earlier stated they would ramp-up capacity in its Cebu hub by as much as 20% in 2019. Routes in development for its Cebu hub are focused on North Asia markets such as China, Korea, and Japan.
“The Philippines is the closest tropical destination from North Asia. Cebu and the 166 islands within the province alone boast of some of the best tropical getaways in the world. It’s a logical choice to be our ‘beach hub’ with easier access to world-class beaches, dive spots and resorts.”
Cebu Pacific is the largest carrier operating in Cebu, with 20 direct domestic connections, including some of the best tropical destinations such as Boracay (Caticlan), Camiguin, Puerto Princesa and Siargao; as well as flights to Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo (Narita), Singapore and Incheon.
Aside from its Clark and Cebu hubs, Cebu Pacific operates flights out of five other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan). The carrier has maintained leadership in the domestic market with 37 destinations and over 2,130 weekly flights. Coupled with 26 international destinations, the entire Cebu Pacific network covers over 108 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.
About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)
Cebu Air Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.
The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised of an Airbus A321NEO, 36 Airbus A320, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR aircraft are used by Cebgo for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years.
Cebu Pacific has achieved full compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)—considered as the accreditation with the highest standards for safety in the airline industry, joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety.
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