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Cebu Pacific ups domestic flights to catch holidaymakers

cebu_pacificLow-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air will be adding frequencies to several domestic destinations starting the fourth quarter of 2016 in expectation of passenger growth during the school and Christmas breaks.

Cebu Pacific said domestic traffic is expected to increase in time for this year’s semester and holiday break, with forward bookings reflecting growing demand for air travel to key destinations across the country.

From October 30, 2016 onwards, Cebu Pacific aims to meet this surge by adding frequencies to and from 18 domestic destinations.

Its flights between Manila and Cauayan will increase from four times weekly to daily. The airline will also increase services out of Manila on the following routes: Manila-Bacolod (from 49 times weekly to 52), Manila-Busuanga (25 times weekly to 28), Manila-Cagayan de Oro (54 times weekly to 59), Manila-Cotabato (9 times weekly to 10), Manila-General Santos (28 times weekly to 31), Manila-Legazpi (29 times weekly to 39), Manila-Naga (11 times weekly to 14), Manila-Pagadian (9 times weekly to 11), and Manila-Zamboanga (25 times weekly to 33).

Travellers from the Visayas region can also take advantage of additional flights between Cebu and the following destinations: Bacolod (additional 10 times weekly service), Butuan (3 times weekly), Cagayan de Oro (6 times weekly), Davao (7 times weekly), Dumaguete (3 times weekly), General Santos (twice weekly), Iloilo (once a week), Puerto Princesa (8 times weekly), Siargao (twice weekly), and Zamboanga (6 times weekly).

The airline also increased flights from Mindanao, adding thrice weekly frequencies between Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi for a total of 10 weekly flights, and an additional weekly frequency between Davao and Bacolod for a total of four weekly flights.

By offering more flight options via its trademark lowest year-round fares, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs JR Mantaring said the airline “consistently fuels passenger traffic, and with it trade and tourism opportunities, into communities that thrive on them.”

“We continue to grow and develop our network to further cultivate these local economies and entice investors to devote resources on our markets,” Mantaring said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific offers flights to a total of 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Its 56-strong fleet is comprised of five Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and one ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, it expects delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo, two Airbus A330, and 15 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

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