Cebu Pacific to offer new routes including flights to Moscow from Manila
Just recently, Cebu Air Inc., more commonly known as Cebu Pacific, was granted by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) additional seven international flight routes to UAE, Taipei, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
The first weekly flight is from Manila to UAE, which at present Cebu Pacific has daily flights from Manila to Dubai. The second is a direct flight from Caticlan Airport in Aklan to Taipei. From Davao, there will also be direct flights to Taipei, and so is with Cebu Pacific airports in Puerto Princesa and Tagbiliran. The sixth and seventh additional flights are from Caticlan Airport and Cebu to Kaohsiung.
“We sincerely thank and commend the members of the Civil Aeronautics Board for enabling Philippine carriers such as Cebu Pacific to expand operations to key international destinations. We’ve always maintained that traffic rights are valuable resources that must be rationally allocated to carriers that are willing and able to utilize and operate flights. We look forward to mounting additional flights to meet the growing travel demand in communities we serve, and opening new routes to stimulate travel in emerging markets,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs, in a press release statement.
Right now, there are 10-weekly flights from Manila to Taipei. On the other hand, there are thrice-weekly flights from Cebu to Taipei. The international route between Cebu to Taipei began in 2013. Aside from Taipei, Cebu Pacific also has direct flights from Cebu to Hong Kong, Singapore, Pusan, Incheon, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and other 22 domestic destinations.
Because of this, Cebu Pacific was declared to be an official Philippine carrier to Russia and also an official carrier under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS). Sooner or later, passengers can also expect thrice-weekly flights from Manila to Moscow as well as to Vladivostok. If the MAAS will be ratified by Philippine government, there will be a possibility that Cebu Pacific would have unlimited flights to capital cities of ASEAN members. If that happens, there will be stronger ties with other countries and tourism will also be improved.