The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific, said on Friday that it increasing its seat capacity to Hanoi, Vietnam, and Guangzhou, China, by up to 33 percent when it mounts one additional weekly flight to each route.
“Vietnam and China are two of our fast-growing source markets for foreign tourists. We continue to support the government’s tourism goals, with this increased connectivity and Cebu Pacific’s trademark lowest fares,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of Cebu Pacific.
Currently, Cebu Pacific operates more flights and offers more seats to Vietnam and Guangzhou than any other Philippine carrier.
“This is also in line with the delivery of more aircraft in 2013, as we expand in Asia and the Middle East. These additional flights will provide more flight schedule options to guests booking their flights in time for the holidays,” she added.
The airline will operate a total of thrice weekly flights from Manila to Hanoi, starting October 31. Using an Airbus A319 aircraft, the additional flight leaves Manila at 10:30 p.m. on a Thursday and departs Hanoi at 1 a.m. on a Friday. With the frequency increase, Cebu Pacific offers 33 percent more seats to Hanoi.
Cebu Pacific is the only airline with direct flights between the Philippines and Hanoi, gateway to the Ha Long Bay, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It also flies daily from Manila to Ho Chi Minh.
Meanwhile, starting November 2, the carrier will operate a total of four weekly flights from Manila to Guangzhou.
The additional flight will depart Manila at 10:40 p.m. on a Saturday and leave Guangzhou at 1:40 a.m. on a Sunday, using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
The Gokongwei-led carrier said that this additional frequency translates to a 25-percent seat capacity increase for Cebu Pacific flights to Guangzhou.
Besides Guangzhou, the carrier flies from Manila to Beijing four times weekly, to Shanghai daily, and to Xiamen thrice weekly. It also offers flights to Hong Kong from Manila, Cebu, Clark and Iloilo, as well as flights to Macau from Manila and Clark.
Presently, Cebu Pacific offers 22 international destinations: Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen.
The budget carrier currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 26 Airbus A320, one Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 45 aircraft is one of the most modern fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 16 more Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo and three Airbus A330 aircraft.
Rosalie C. Periabras