CEBU PACIFIC is aiming to launch two new routes to Japan and increase flights to China with the addition of new aircraft.
The airline is planning new flights to Tokyo and Nagoya from Manila, although specific dates for the routes have not yet been announced, pending approval from Japanese authorities. Plans to increase flight frequencies to Guangzhou and Beijing were also disclosed, but no dates have been given.
Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution, Candice Iyog, said she was “optimistic that our entitlements to Japan will increase, so we can proceed with our expansion plans in the country.”
Supporting the expansion is the expected delivery of five Airbus A320 aircraft within the year, which will bring Cebu Pacific’s fleet to a total of 37 aircraft. The first of these Airbus A320s was delivered in January this year. “This will help us add routes, flights, and destinations in the Asia-Pacific region,” the airline said in a statement to TTG Asia.
Cebu Pacific’s flights from Manila to Hong Kong and Shanghai will also be upgraded from Airbus A319 to Airbus A320 aircraft starting October 7, increasing seat capacity.
The carrier’s 2011 first quarter passenger report revealed overall growth of 28 per cent across its North Asia destinations – Greater China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.