Gokongweis betting big on travel rebound: Cebu Pacific adds 6 new aircraft to fleet
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Gokongweis betting big on travel rebound: Cebu Pacific adds 6 new aircraft to fleet

With leisure travel sputtering back to life, Cebu Pacific is planning for growth and ready to modernize its fleet in a bid to restore its network.

While some airlines have been shunning aircraft deliveries, the Gokongwei-led budget carrier has already taken delivery of four new aircraft with two more arriving before the end of the year.

“We’ve already taken deliveries of the two A321neos, the A330 and the A320. Another A330neo, along with the ATR 72-600, are expected to arrive. We are among the few airlines in the world and the only one in the Philippines to take deliveries during a pandemic, which is a testament to CEB’s resilience, liquidity, and expected recovery as we enter 2022,” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific’s Head of Strategy.

The addition of six new aircraft signals the low-cost airline’s confidence in the expected recovery and growth of the industry badly hit by the Pandemic.

Cebu Pacific has been ramping up its flights as domestic traffic has gone back to above 60 percent of pre-COVID levels.

This month, the airline has raised its daily flights from Manila to Boracay to 11 times daily from 9 times daily.

Operations between Cebu and Manila will also increase to 11 times daily from 9 times daily while flights to Cagayan de Oro will ramp up to seven times daily from five times daily.

Manila to Davao flights will go up to five times daily from three times daily in December.

For international destinations, Cebu Pacific will resume its operations to Fukuoka , Bangkok and Taiwan this month

“We continue to rebuild our domestic and international network to support tourism growth in 2022 while continuing to promote safe and responsible travel,” said Candice Iyog, VP for Marketing and Customer Experience at Cebu Pacific.

 

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