CebuPacific adds flights to Bicol, Palawan and Boracay for Holy Week mass exodus

April 1, 2011 11:41 pm 

MANILA, Apr 1 — The Philippines’ largest budget carrier, Cebu Pacific will increase its turbo-prop flights to select destinations beginning April 8, 2011 to accommodate the heavy influx of travelers coming home for the holy week.

“With the new flight frequencies, CEB will operate an average of 82 turbo-prop flights a day, as compared to Philippine Airlines and Airphil Express’ combined 64 flights. We also utilize our ATR aircraft for 22 destinations and 25 routes, more than PAL and Airphil Express combined,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

CEB will increase flights from Manila to Boracay (Caticlan), making it 14 times daily from April 8-June 8, 2011. The airline’s Manila-Coron (Busuanga) flights will become twice daily, while Manila-Naga flights will become thrice daily during the same period.

Cebu Air Inc. 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. These routes utilize 100 percent brand-new ATR 72-500 aircraft from Toulouse, France, of which CEB has eight in its aircraft fleet.

“Cebu Pacific continues to play a big role in Philippine tourism, by opening destinations such as Siargao, Pagadian and Cauayan (Isabela) to air travel, and by consistently forcing competition to lower fares whenever it enters the market such as what happened in Coron (Busuanga) and Boracay (Caticlan),” she added.

“These inter-island flights serviced by our ATR turbo-prop aircraft allow passengers to connect from different provinces to main cities such as Davao, Cebu and Manila. The movement of travelers from one city to another within the country greatly stimulates the tourism and economy,” Iyog said.

CEB operates 12 turbo-prop routes from Manila including those to Catarman, Tuguegarao and Virac. It also flies from Davao to Cagayan de Oro using an ATR aircraft.

From Cebu, CEB operates the most number of turbo-prop flights to the most number of routes and destinations. These are flights to Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Boracay, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Siargao, Surigao and Tacloban.

Iyog also encouraged guests without credit cards to book online and pay through CEB partner banks and payment centers. “Travelers can also select seats in advance and avail of CEB’s web check-in service for their travel convenience,” she said.

CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 15 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. By the end of 2011, CEB will be operating a fleet of 37 aircraft – with an average age of 3.5 years – one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2012 and 2014, Cebu Pacific will take an additional 16 Airbus A320 aircraft. (PNA)



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