Cebu Pacific to outgrow Cebu airport capacity by June

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Cebu Pacific Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer Candice Iyog (center) poses for a photo with (L-R) Charles Co, President of Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Visayas Director for Tourism and Coordination and Regional Operations Judilyn Quiachon, Riza Macaibay of DOT Region 7, and Alfred Reyes, President of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu. Photo from Cebu Pacific.
  • Cebu Pacific is set to surpass its Cebu hub’s pre-pandemic capacity in June as it raises to 28 its domestic and international routes at Mactan-Cebu International Airport
  • This takes its capacity to 129%
  • Cebu Pacific will start operating daily direct flights between Cebu and Taipei on June 23 and ramp up its flight frequencies to 11 of its destinations from Cebu
  • The new and resumed flights from Cebu, as well as the additional frequencies, are expected to increase the total number of seats by 21%, equivalent to 76,000 more seats per month
  • To support this expansion, Cebu Pacific will increase its Cebu hub’s fleet to 13, with two additional aircraft to be based at MCIA

Cebu Pacific is set to outgrow its Cebu hub’s pre-pandemic network and capacity, which will hit 129% in June, as the low-cost carrier raises to 28 its domestic and international routes at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Cebu Pacific will start operating direct flights between Cebu and Taipei daily starting on June 23, increasing its network from MCIA to a total of 23 domestic and five international destinations, the company said in a statement.

The airline will also ramp up its flight frequencies to 11 of its destinations from Cebu. Starting March 26 these will be the total frequencies:

  • Cebu – Butuan – 28x weekly
  • Cebu – Caticlan – 25x weekly
  • Cebu – Bacolod – 21x weekly
  • Cebu – Siarga – 21x weekly
  • Cebu – Dumaguete – 14x weekly
  • Cebu – Legazpi – 14x weekly
  • Cebu – General Santos City – 11x weekly
  • Cebu – Surigao – 10x weekly
  • Cebu – Incheon – 7x weekly

Starting May 5:

  • Cebu – Clark – 17x weekly
  • Cebu – Puerto Princesa – 14x weekly

The new and resumed flights from Cebu and the additional frequencies are expected to increase the total number of seats by 21%, equivalent to 76,000 more seats per month.

To support this expansion, Cebu Pacific will increase its Cebu hub’s fleet to 13, with two additional aircraft to be based at MCIA. The added aircraft are on top of the 10 new Airbus NEO planes that will be delivered in 2023 to expand the airline’s entire fleet.

The airline previously announced that it would operate direct flights from Cebu to Naga starting March 26 and resume flights to Hong Kong and Narita from Cebu on March 26 and May 1, respectively.

“Cebu Pacific is proud to have its largest base outside Manila in one of the best airports in Asia. We are excited to further expand our Cebu hub to connect more travelers to some of the world’s best beaches and islands,” Cebu Pacific chief marketing and customer experience officer Candice Iyog said in a statement.

The expansion of the Cebu Pacific’s hubs in Clark and Cebu comes as the airline turns 27 years old this March.

Cebu Pacific flew its maiden voyage from Manila to Cebu on March 8, 1996. The airline now flies to 34 domestic and 25 international destinations spanning Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

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