CEBGO To connect Islands

1 July 2015

Cebu Pacific will be setting up more regional hubs for its inter-island flights in the Philippines through subsidiary Cebgo Airlines which will now operate all the ATR 72-500 turboprop fleet.

"Our plan is to set up a lot of additional hubs outside Metro Manila. We're gonna station a lot of ATRs in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Caticlan so that we can fly direct and connect cities together without necessarily going to hubs like Manila or Cebu," says Lance Gokongwei, president of Cebu Air Inc (CEB).

"I think the big market is really connecting these communities or secondary cities directly with the turboprop aircraft, which is a prudent aircraft," he said.

Cebu Pacific operates in 30 of the Philippines more than 90 operational airports.

Gokongwei said that most of the island airports will soon be connected with these aircraft which will be hubbed in major airports in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The Philippines’ largest budget airline is acquiring 26 turboprop jets at a cost of $673 million, including 16 firm orders of ATR 72-600s and options to acquire another 10.

The new orders will replace eight of Cebu Pacific’s ATR 72-500 aircraft.

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