Cebu Pacific applying for rights to fly UAE

talks with SQ for triple seven on going

February 27, 2009

Manila - Low Cost Carrier airline, Cebu Pacific is applying for rights to fly Abu Dhabi and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, sources from the CAB said.

Lance Gokongwei, the Airline President said that they are looking at the UAE market. "We hope to acquire the rights to fly in the Middle East to serve more overseas Filipino workers. For the moment, we are looking at UAE."

The airline is currently in talks with Singapore Airlines for their 4 Boeing 777 aircraft slated for retirement this year. Singapore Airlines is retiring their 12 year old triple seven as new Airbus 330 joins their fleet by March this year.

The Civil Aeronautics Board said that the airline will probably fly from Clark as the entitlements for Manila were already taken by both Emirates and Philippine Airlines. The new ASA between UAE and RP added 42 new flights to and from Clark airport. The Philippines was also granted 21 more weekly flights to Cebu and another 21 more to be used to other points other than Manila, Clark and Cebu .

The airline intends to fly to Australia, Japan and the Middle East. Currently, Cebu Pacific is in the process of applying rights to fly to the Middle Eastern countries that has recently expanded bilateral air transport agreement with the Philippines. CAB will meet its Australian counterpart this March.

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