Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading airline, expects to restore over 100% of its pre-pandemic domestic capacity in April 2022 after it ramped up its network with the easing of pandemic travel restrictions, marking a strong start for its 26th year.
As the summer peak approaches, the airline has noted a 200% increase in its average daily flights for both domestic and international combined – from about 100 flights per day in 2020, to about 300 at present. Flights from Manila to key domestic destinations, such as Boracay and Cebu, have exceeded their 2019 flight frequencies.
This week, CEB has also restarted its flights to and from the Cebu and Davao hubs. The Cebu-Puerto Princesa route operates thrice weekly while Cebu routes bound for Surigao, Legaspi, Calbayog fly twice weekly. The Davao hub has also restarted its Iloilo and Zamboanga flights thrice weekly.
The airline currently operates 96% of its pre-pandemic domestic capacity. The improvement has enabled CEB to carry more passengers and boost its cargo service which means faster and more efficient movement of goods across its widest domestic network.
CEB also celebrated another milestone today as it flew its 200 millionth passenger on board one of its 18x daily Manila-Cebu flights. This route was the first ever flown by CEB back in 1996.
“We are excited to safely fly everyJuan to their destinations so they could reunite with their families and loved ones, or pursue their business interests, or revisit tourist destinations. It is encouraging to see and feel travel confidence returning. We thank our passengers for their continued trust, and we will endeavor to live true to our promise of providing safe, affordable, and accessible air travel for every Juan,” said Lance Gokongwei, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Cebu Pacific.
CEB continues to offer its guaranteed low fares to spur travel among Filipinos and foreigners alike. Its month-long #CEBSuperSeatFest is still ongoing as part of its anniversary month celebration.
Cebu Pacific operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 33 destinations, on top of its 14 international destinations. Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two (2) dedicated ATR freighters.