The Philippines’ largest budget carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) will increase its turbo-prop flights to select destinations strengthening its position further as the largest turbo-prop operator in the country.
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.
These routes utilize 100% brand-new ATR 72-500 aircraft from Toulouse, France, of which CEB has eight in its aircraft fleet.
“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.
“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.
Low-fare pioneer, CEB ended 2010 with the youngest and only 100% brand-new aircraft fleet in the Philippines, composed of 10 Airbus A319, 14 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It operates to 33 domestic and 16 international destinations from Manila, Cebu, Clark and Davao.
It flies to Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei.
It also flies to 33 domestic destinations, with inter-island flights from Cebu to Boracay, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa and Iloilo, among others, as well as flights within Mindanao such as Davao to Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro.
Cebu Pacific fares are available at www.cebupacificair.com or through the reservations hotlines (02)702-0888 Manila and (032)230-8888 Cebu and pay through CEB ticketing offices, online, via ATM or over the counter at partner banks; Robinsons Savings Bank, Banco de Oro and Metrobank. ( Cebu Pacific Schedule )