Cebu Pacific Air breaks 1 million passengers in April

Cebu Pacific flew more than 1 million passengers for the month of April, a first for any local airline.

The airline flew 1,086,650 passengers on both domestic and international routes in April

The airline operates to 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, on 52 domestic and
24 international routes.

It also broke its own record for the number of passengers carried in one day. Last April 29, 2011, CEB carried 37,835 in one day, overtaking previous records in the first quarter of 2011.

“This is the first time CEB has flown over a million guests in one month. It is a testament to how much CEB has empowered everyone to travel by air with its trademark low fares and high-valueservices. We thank our passengers for their continued patronage of the country’s low-fare pioneer,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

“CEB attributes this landmark number to having the lowest fares in the market, newest aircraft fleet
in the country, and most extensive route network. We will continue offering innovative products and pricing structures for the benefit of our passengers,” she added.

CEB is the Philippines’ largest turbo-prop operator, operating the most inter-island flights to
the top tourist destinations in the country. The airline opened Siargao, Pagadian and Cauayan
(Isabela) to air travel, and helped lower fares to Coron (Busuanga) and Boracay (Caticlan).

It also offers the most seats and flight frequencies to Cebu and Davao, two of the largest
business-traffic routes in the country, stimulating same-day business travels and weekend

By the end of 2011, CEB will be operating a fleet of 37 aircraft – with an average age of less than 3.5 years – one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Between 2012 and 2014, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of an additional 16 brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft.


Cebu Pacific Air offers seat sale

Cebu Pacific is offering a summer seat sale of P777 fare to all its 33 domestic destinations for travel from June 1 to July 31, 2011.

For the Lite Fare of P777, passengers can travel to CEB’s most extensive route network in the Philippines.

These destinations are Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Calbayog, Cagayan de Oro, Catarman, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.

Aside from the domestic destinations, CEB also holds a P1,399 Lite Fare seat sale from Manila to Kota Kinabalu, for travel from May 1 to June 30, 2011.

“Our Lite Fares are perfect for the summer, when people pack light and plan multiple vacations. We remind everyone to avail of their Prepaid Baggage Allowances for their travel convenience. They can also do web check-in for a faster and hassle-free airport experience, especially with the peak travel period,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

Cebu Pacific Air offers seat sale to Bangkok

Cebu Pacific is offering a seat sale for Bangkok, Surigao, Ozamiz and Pagadian routes for travel from July 1 to August 31, 2011.

Passengers can avail of P2,399 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila and Clark to Bangkok. CEB flies from Manila to Bangkok ten times weekly, and from Clark to Bangkok twice weekly.

They can also avail of P999 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila to Surigao, Ozamiz and Pagadian. Meanwhile, those coming from Cebu can avail of the following ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fares: P399 to Surigao, P499 to Ozamiz and P599 to Pagadian.

Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. “We hope passengers can take advantage of this seat sale for their business and leisure travel. Aside from Cebu Pacific’s trademark low fares to Bangkok, we also have Fun Tours packages for our guests’ booking needs,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

Fun Tours packages to Bangkok are available for as low as P1,060, inclusive of two nights hotel accommodations at Welcome Sawasdee Inn with breakfast.

PAL readies contingency measures in case of union strike

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has assured its passengers that contingency measures are in place to keep its airplanes flying in case members of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) stage an illegal strike.

PAL stressed that its flights will continue to be operated according to published schedules while all ticket offices and other sales and airport facilities in Metro Manila, the provinces and stations abroad will maintain regular business operations.

“Our interline airline-partners as well as augmentation forces from management are on standby to ensure that our operations are not disrupted in case PALEA members walk out,” said Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson. She stressed that ground workers represents only a fraction of PAL’s 7,000-strong workforce.

The company said that a strike, if declared illegal by proper authorities, could lead to the forfeiture of striking workers’ benefits including those ordered by the Office of the President.

Meanwhile, PAL submitted its counter-proposal consisting of salary increases for the first three years of a three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to be negotiated by PAL with PALEA.

“In good faith, PAL management fulfilled its commitment to submit today a counter-proposal, proof of management’s sincerity and willingness to open negotiations with PALEA,” said Jose S.L. Uybarreta, PAL vice president for Human Resources.

“The amounts of P750 for the first year, P1,500 for the second year and another P1,500 for the third year – are what management believes the company can afford at this time, given the string of massive losses suffered by PAL since 2008,” he said.

Cebu Pacific Air offers seat sale

Cebu Pacific is offering a seat sale to all its 33 domestic destinations for travel from June 1 to December 15, 2011.

Passengers can book flights to any of CEB’s 33 domestic destinations, namely: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Calbayog, Cagayan de Oro, Catarman, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.

The seat sale fare is exclusive of government tax and fuel surcharge.

“CEB allocates more than 100,000 domestic seats for this P1 sale to encourage passengers to plan their travels for the second half of the year,” said CEB vice president for marketing Candice Iyog.

“We have always been a trailblazer in creative pricing strategies so our passengers can continue enjoying CEB’s low fares.”

“The airline first introduced P1 fares in 2007, and it has become one of our most popular seat sales. We continue with our mission of making air travel more affordable for everyone,” Iyog  added.

Cebu Pacific offers seat sale

Cebu Pacific is offering a seat sale for China and Vietnam routes for travel from May 1 to July 31, 2011.

The airline said that passengers can avail of P1,399 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila to Ho Chi Minh.

The China seat sale fares are also up for grabs, for travel from July 1-August 31, 2011. P1,399 ‘Go Lite’ seats are available for those traveling from Manila to Guangzhou, while P1,899 ‘Go Lite’ seats are available for those going from Manila to Beijing and Shanghai.

Passengers with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking.  Meanwhile, passengers can also avail of the following ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fares, for travel from July 1-August 31, 2011: P399 from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro, P699 from Cebu to Butuan and P999 from Manila to Butuan or Cagayan de Oro.

“We are lowering our fares to China by as much as 62%, and our fares to Vietnam by as much as 53% to further promote trade and tourism. CEB encourages guests to avail of this seat sale for their business and leisure travel,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

CEB flies thrice weekly to Beijing and Guangzhou, and daily to Shanghai, using the youngest aircraft fleet in the country.

Cebu Pacific urges gov’t to modify open skies policy

Cebu Pacific has welcomed the increase in air services into the Philippines under the open skies policy but expressed concerns about certain provisions of the executive order that are apparently ill-advised. 

“Executive Order 29 would afford foreign airlines benefits so critical that if they are not reciprocated by foreign governments the growth and even the survival of Philippine carriers are at risk,” the airline said.

Under EO29 foreign airlines would be able to fly freely into and out of the country. On the other hand, Philippine carriers are limited to flights specified in existing air agreements with other countries.

Cebu Pacific cited as examples:  Hong Kong carriers could now mount as many flights as they liked to Cebu, whilst Philippine carriers are limited to 2,500 seats per week.

Chinese carriers would be able to fly from any of the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou to Kalibo whilst Philippine carriers are denied such access by the Chinese.

Korean carriers would have unlimited access to mount flights to Cebu or Davao, whilst Philippine carriers are limited by the current entitlements that are fully utilized.

Singaporean or Malaysian carriers would be granted rights to fly to any country beyond the Philippines. Philippine carriers have no access to additional rights to fly beyond Singapore or Malaysia.

“Furthermore, to gain these rights foreign carriers will not need to invest billions of dollars for their Philippine operations. Their investments are in their own countries. Their employees are not Filipinos.”

CEB has invested billions of dollars to expand air services within the country and to and from the Philippines to serve the Filipino public and tourists alike with low fares and brand new aircraft.

The airline employs 4,300 Filipinos and countless thousands more are indirectly employed. “We want the same benefits from the governments of these foreign airlines. We want reciprocity which is fair and reasonable.”

“We are not asking for special favors, just a level playing field. If the benefits of air services liberalization flow only one way, we are discriminated against in our own country,” said CEB.

CEB has a strong record of supporting increased air traffic rights, and has fought hard for such increases.The airline has been a major driver of tourism growth in this country.

The airline has scaled down fares making it possible for millions of Filipinos to fly for the first time and made travel to the Philippines affordable for millions of tourists.

“We believe the push to increase tourism can be achieved, by allowing both foreign and Philippine carriers equal access to traffic rights. We do not believe it is fair to deny CEB the right to compete.”

CEB has strongly urged the government to modify EO 29 – to include the basic pre-requisite of reciprocity in any air rights negotiations.

“If the Philippine government puts out the welcome mat for a foreign airline, CEB fully supports that, as long as that foreign airline’s government grants Philippine carriers the same opportunity. All CEB asks for is reciprocity and a level playing field,” the airline added.

Cebu Pacific Air bags friendliest LCC Award

Cebu Pacific bagged the Budget Friendliest LCC Award at the Low Cost Airlines World Asia-Pacific Conference held in Singapore recently, besting other contenders Air Arabia, Air Asia, Jetstar Asia, SpiceJet and Spring Airlines.

Voted on by aviation industry professionals and LCC executives in the Asia-Pacific region, the Friendliest LCC Award recognizes the low-cost carrier with the low fares and overall great service.

“The airline has always been renowned for delivering a very Filipino brand of hospitality, and a very Cebu Pacific brand of fun. Passengers not only enjoy our trademark low fares, but also our convenient travel products, payment center options and extensive flight network,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.


“CEB is also the only carrier offering Fun Games on board, so our guests not only reach their destinations safely and on time, but they also have fun getting there. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from first-time fliers, groups of friends and family members because of our games,” she added.

CEB also won an Anvil Award of Excellence at the 46th Anvil Awards last February 18, 2011, for the Cebu Pacific Media Backpacker’s Challenge.

“We are also very happy that our Facebook and Twitter accounts have more than 100,000 fans and followers each, surpassing other low-cost carriers in Asia. CEB encourages passengers to be a fan or follower to be the first to know Cebu Pacific’s seat sales and promos,” said Iyog.

PAL suspends Manila-Brisbane flights

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is realigning its Australian operations starting with the temporary suspension of flights to and from Brisbane effective October 31, 2010.

Consequently, the flag carrier’s five times a week flights to Melbourne will be adjusted to thrice weekly, while flights to Sydney – one of PAL’s most popular Australian destinations – remains unaffected with five times weekly services, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.

Villaluna said the decision to temporarily halt Brisbane services was due to marketing considerations.

Passengers to be affected by the flight realignments would be properly notified by PAL’s contact center and advised on the best options to proceed to their respective destinations, she said.

Villaluna stressed that Australia remains an important market for Philippine Airlines. Recognizing the route’s growth potential, she reiterated PAL’s long-term commitment to the island-continent.

She stressed, however, that market conditions and the onset of the lean season necessitated some changes in the number of destinations and frequency of flights the flag carrier mounts to Australia.

Cebu Pacific Airways offers seat sale

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is offering a seat sale until Friday for travel on November 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011.

For the ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fare of P1,499, passengers can avail of seats from Manila to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and seats from Clark to Bangkok.

The same sale and travel periods apply to P999 ‘Go Lite’ Manila-Taipei seats, as well as P1,999 Manila-Bangkok seats.

Meanwhile, for travel from November 1 until December 31, 2010, P699 ‘Go Lite’ seats are available from Manila and Cebu to Tacloban, and from Manila to Calbayog and Catarman.

Passengers with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. “This is part of CEB’s efforts to further promote our mainland China routes, especially since Manila-Beijing is a newly launched service. We hope guests can take advantage of this P1,499 seat sale to visit Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

“Likewise, travelers from China can book their flights on CEB’s trademark low fares and visit any of CEB’s 33 domestic and 15 other international destinations. This includes Boracay, Coron, Laoag, Cebu, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.”

Iyog added that CEB is also offering Shanghai World Expo 10+1 Special Fares for those traveling to Shanghai in a group until October 31, 2010.