Since its inception in 1996, Cebu Pacific has flown over 80 million passengers and continues to stimulate short-haul travel of passengers around Asia.
Cebu Pacific registered an 11-percent system-wide passenger growth in 2012. The carrier will offer more than twice as much flights to Japan when it begins operating daily its Manila-Osaka-Manila flights on December 20.
In a statement, Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing distribution of Cebu Pacific, said that, “We are proud to offer more low-fare great-value flights to the Kansai region, as we continue with our commitment to boost tourism and trade between the Philippines and Japan.”
She added that, “This is great news on Cebu Pacific’s fifth year of operations in Japan.”
Cebu Pacific currently operates flights between Manila and Osaka every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The carrier said that the additional four weekly flights will utilize its modern Airbus A320 aircraft. This translates to a seat capacity increase of 133 percent.
Osaka is the economic center of the Kansai region, and one of the most important cities in Japan.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific remains bullish about the expansion of its operations to more key cities in Japan, especially after the Philippines-Japan Air Consultation Talks in Tokyo held last month.
“The recently concluded air talks were very successful and will definitely pave the way for more direct linkages between the two countries. With more flights to the Philippines, we believe Japan can rival South Korea when it comes to foreign tourist arrivals,” Iyog said.
Cebu Pacific offers flights to 22 international destinations, namely Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. It also operates the most extensive network in the Philippines with 34 domestic destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao.
The airline’s 47-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 27 Airbus A320, 2 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 15 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo and four Airbus A330 aircraft.