Cebu Pacific expands Clark flights

SINGAPORE, 14 August 2019: Cebu Pacific launched three new routes, last Friday, from its Clark International Airport hub in the Philippines.

The new routes link Clark to Bacolod and Iloilo in the Philippines, and Tokyo in Japan.

CEB is the first Philippine carrier to launch direct flights between Clark and Tokyo.

With the expansion of its flight network at the Clark hub, Cebu Pacific will become the largest carrier in Clark in terms of capacity by the end of the year, with 28% of all airlines seats on flights operating in and out of Clark.

The Bacolod and Iloilo flights are daily, while direct service to and from Tokyo is scheduled four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).

The carrier announced earlier that it would begin flying between Clark and Palawan daily by the fourth quarter of this year.

These four new routes will boost CEB’s capacity in Clark by 40% in 2019 alone, following a 75% increase in 2018 with the launch of direct flights to and from Davao and Bohol; as well as additional flights on the Clark-Macau route.

“We have been operating flights in and out of Clark since 2006. The opening of these new routes is a testament to how committed we are to developing this hub. We are not only establishing seamless inter-island connections but also opening up North Luzon to more potential entrepreneurs, to further tourism and investment opportunities in Clark and its surrounding areas,” said Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer Lance Gokongwei.

Cebu Pacific flies to four other domestic destinations (Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, Davao); and three other international destinations (Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong) to and from Clark.

“We aim to fly 200 million passengers by 2020; and 300 million by 2022,” added Gokongwei.

The airline will take delivery of 60 aircraft in the next eight years to support expansion growth in and out of the Philippines.

The airline fleet comprises of 51 Airbus aircraft and 21 ATR72s for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible.

Aside from its 26 international destinations, CEB flies to 37 destinations in the Philippines from seven hubs; Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.