5J Crisscrosses Islands, expands domestic network

Launches 6 inter-island routes

July 30, 2012

Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) is launching six additional inter-island routes in the Philippines in the latter part of the year.

The airline will start thrice weekly flights between Cebu and Busuanga, and between Tacloban and Legazpi on October 4, using an ATR 72-500 aircraft.

Another route is added on October 5 with the airline adding Davao – Butuan (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), Davao – Dipolog (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), and Tacloban – Iloilo (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), while on October 20 Cebu Pacific is also starting a thrice weekly service between Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro.

Cebu Pacific recently announced its intention to sell its entire fleet of 10 Airbus A319 aircraft to American carrier Allegiant Travel Company commencing in March 2013 as it  receives 22 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft between 2012 and 2021. It is also slated to begin long-haul services beginning in the 3rd quarter of 2013 using up to 8 A330-300 aircraft.

Airline President Lance Gokongwei said that "The Airbus A319's are our oldest and smallest jet aircraft. Whilst they have served us well for the last six years as we have grown our business and developed new markets, the time is right to trade up to bigger, brand new Airbus A320 aircraft. Between now until 2014, CEB will be taking delivery of 15 brand new Airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A330 aircraft. Cebu Pacific is likewise exploring options to advance the delivery of Airbus A320 orders scheduled for delivery between 2015 to 2016." 

The Philippines biggest carrier offers 63 domestic routes to 32 domestic destinations, providing passengers with the fastest access to key cities and destinations in the country. It currently operates a fleet of 38 aircraft comprising 10 Airbus A319, 20 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 with an average age of 3.6 years.

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