CebuPac seeks reallocation of seat entitlements

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The operator of Cebu Pacific Air has asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for additional seat entitlements to Hong Kong to meet strong demand.

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In a filing with the CAB, Cebu Pacific said it is asking for the reallocation of 1,240 seat entitlements previously allocated to Air Philippines Corp. (which operates as PAL Express) but left unused, in accordance with the existing Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) between the governments of the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Separately, Cebu Pacific announced it will operate direct flights from Manila to Sydney, Australia and to Kuwait starting September to serve Filipino expatriates and open more opportunities for tourism.

Cebu Pacific will be the only airline offering non-stop flights to Kuwait, which hosts more than 180,000 Filipino workers. The new Manila-Kuwait thrice weekly service will start on September 2.

The carrier will also will fly non-stop to and from Sydney four times a week starting September 9. As the only low-cost carrier offering this route, CEB hopes to stimulate travel both ways with this new service. There are also over 300,000 Filipinos based in Australia.

“Our trademark low fares will allow our kababayans abroad, the Global Filipinos, to visit home more often, as we had done in other destinations before, and at the same time attract Australian tourists into our shores,” Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer Lance Gokongwei told reporters.

Gokongwei encouraged passengers to book these seat sale fares since they offer up to 64 percent in savings compared to the fares of other airlines.

These new routes will utilize CEB’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats. The airline offers fast and convenient same-terminal connecting flights for guests taking advantage of CEB’s extensive Philippine network.

Passengers also have the option to purchase baggage allowance, seat selection, CEB Air Wi-Fi connectivity inflight and hot meals.

Besides Sydney and Kuwait, CEB’s long-haul division also operates direct flights between Manila and Dubai.

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