Cebu Air beefs up route network by increasing flight frequencies


EXECUTIVES of budget carrier operator Cebu Air Inc. announced they are beefing up the international and domestic route network of Cebu Pacific, increasing the frequencies of certain sectors in time for the holiday season.

A statement by the listed firm said that starting November 27, Cebu Pacific will add flights from Manila to the following destinations: Brunei, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong.

The Gokongwei-led carrier announced it is doubling its Manila-Brunei flights from twice weekly to four times a week. Likewise, it is doubling its Manila-Seoul frequencies from daily flights to twice daily.

It is also adding two more frequencies to its thrice-weekly flights between Manila and Jakarta. It will also start daily flights between Manila and Taipei, adding four flights per week to its current thrice weekly flights.

Cebu Pacific is also adding four weekly flights to its 28 flights per week to Hong Kong from Manila, making its operations between the two cities 32 times per week.

Meanwhile, on the domestic side, it is adding frequencies to its routes out of Cebu, adding a total of 18 more flights to various destinations including Iloilo, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Surigao, Pagadian, and Tacloban.

“We know that many are raring to travel again to their favorite local and foreign destinations, so we are very excited to mount these additional flights as we approach the holiday season,” Cebu Air Chief Commercial Officer Alexander G. Lao  was quoted in the statement as saying.

To date, Cebu Pacific flies to a total of 34 domestic and 19 international destinations.

Cebu Air is banking on the easing of travel restrictions to recover from losses it incurred due to the pandemic.

In the first nine months of the year, the firm saw its net loss shrinking by almost half to P12.05 billion from P22 billion.

Cebu Air’s revenues ballooned by 310.2 percent to P37.53 billion from P9.15 billion, as it recorded “significant” increases in passenger volume, cargo services, and flight activities, as pandemic restrictions started to ease earlier this year.

With the easing of travel restrictions, Cebu Air has “restored almost the same level of its pre-pandemic system-wide capacity following the continuous ramp-up of its domestic and international routes.”

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