In the hope of bringing more quality and affordable air travel to Filipinos, premiere domestic airline Cebu Pacific has decided to increase its operations from Manila to several important Philippine destinations. The business plan includes additional flights from the nation’s capital to seven major cities in the country. This includes more flights to Dumaguete, which is popularly known as the City of Gentle People.
The City of Dumaguete is located within the vastly progressive province of Negros Oriental. From April 3, 2008, Cebu Pacific will now have more flights to Dumaguete. Instead of the previous eleven flights, it will now have a total of 14 flights each week. This move can bring more people to the destination by providing an increased capacity of 450 more seats. The ever reliable A319 aircraft will be used to run these flights.
The terms of the plan also cover six other beautiful cities in the country. Besides more flights to Dumaguete, increased operations would also be given to the Cities of Cotabato, Dipolog, Legazpi, and Roxas. On the other hand, increased capacity is targeted at the Cities of Butuan and Tacloban. Despite these changes, Cebu Pacific promises improved services as well as accommodations.
Instead of having four flights a week, Cebu Pacific would now run five direct flights from Manila to Roxas and Cotabato. In Dipolog City, the previous three times a week flights would now become four. Meanwhile, flights to Legazpi would now be conducted twice a day compared to the previous 10 times a week flights. Aircraft upgrades are made to the Butuan and Tacloban flights. To increase capacity, the 179-seater A320 aircraft would now be used instead of the A319, which can only hold a total of 150 passengers.
According to a statement released by Cebu Pacific Marketing and Product Vice President Candice Iyog, their decision to expand the domestic operations is part of their efforts to make air travel closer to Filipinos. This can be done through easier access and significantly low fares. She also added that they are hoping to improve the condition of local tourism and trade by providing more flights and frequencies to these top domestic destinations.
Despite serving for 12 fruitful years already, Cebu Pacific still has the newest aircraft fleet in the country today. By adding flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, the airline would also increase its international destinations from 12 to 14. Starting on February 29, 2008, it will also add flight operations to Caticlan in the province of Aklan. This service would cater people who are en route to the beautiful island of Boracay.