Thursday, 5 August 2010

Cebu Pacific to become RP’s largest airline

By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer

ITS MAIN RIVAL plagued by labor woes and flight cutbacks, Cebu Pacific Wednesday said it would increase the number of flights to several international destinations as part of its expansion plan in the Asia-Pacific.

The current twice weekly flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu will get an additional flight every Wednesday starting Oct. 20, the airlines said in a statement.

Starting Oct. 31, Cebu Pacific will operate daily flights from Manila to Taipei, an increase from its current five times weekly service. Its Cebu-Singapore flights will also become a daily service on the same day.

Starting Dec. 15, three more flights will be added to the airline’s Manila-Kuala Lumpur service, making it a daily frequency.

The airline is also increasing flights from Manila to Jakarta (four times weekly starting Dec. 19) and Manila to Seoul (twice daily starting Jan. 24, 2011).

“Cebu Pacific is willing to add more flights to serve the flying public should there be a need to do so. With the arrival of three more brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft this year, we will continue strengthening our extensive network for the convenience of our guests,” said Candice Iyog, the firm’s vice president for marketing and distribution.

The airline is also set to launch direct Manila-Brunei flights on Aug. 21 and Manila-Beijing flights on Sept. 5.

The company’s lowest year-round ‘Go Lite’ fares for these routes are P2,899 and P4,999, respectively. Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking.

Based on Civil Aeronautics Board data, Cebu Pacific overtook Philippine Airline’s passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2010, making it the largest airline in the Philippines.

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