Budget airline Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has been granted additional routes entitlements by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to Russia, the Middle East and East Asia.
In a recently concluded board meeting, the CAB gave CEB additional seven flights weekly from Manila to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which allows the airline to launch flights to any point in the country.
At present CEB operates daily flights from Manila to Dubai.
CEB was also granted entitlements to operate direct flights to Taipei from Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Puerto Princesa and Tagbilaran.
The local airline will also be allowed to operate direct flights to Kaohshiung from Caticlan and Cebu.
The airline is presently operating 10 weekly flights between Manila and Taipei, and thrice weekly flights between Cebu and Taipei.
CEB was also designated as an official Philippine carrier to Russia, and was granted thrice weekly flights each from Manila to Moscow and Vladivostok.
The CAB also approved CEB’s request to be designated as an official carrier under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS). As soon as the Philippines completes the ratification of the relevant protocols of the MAAS, CEB will be able to operate unlimited flights between capital cities within the ASEAN region.
“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,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs.
“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,” Mantaring added.
CEB offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 60 destinations, spanning Sydney, Dubai, Doha, Bali, and Tokyo (Narita). On December 17, 2015, the airline launched three new routes: Manila-Fukuoka, Cebu-Taipei, and Davao-Singapore.
It is also slated to launch direct flights from Manila to Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, 2016.