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Cebu Pacific Sought for More Australian Flights

Aviation Updates Philippines - Due to the increasing demand of passengers on flights between the Philippines and Australia, low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air intends to add more flights to Sydney, Australia by seeking more seat entitlements in the said country.

Cebu Pacific Air Airbus A330-343X lands at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
(PHOTO) Ryu Guji - JetPhotos.Net

Cebu Pacific launched its Manila-Sydney flights in September 2014 flying four times a week. Recently, it increased its flights between the two cities now flying five times a week. The airline is fully utilizing its seat entitlements and is planning to join air talks to be held in Canberra, Australia.

“In the first four months of operations, CEB’s low fares and direct, non-stop services significantly stimulated inbound traffic into the Philippines and Australia. We look forward to expanding our services and further growing inbound tourism into our countries,” Cebu Pacific General Manager, Long Haul Division, Alex Reyes said.

The airline carried 13, 875 passengers from Manila to Sydney in January 2015 using its 436-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft more than any other airlines operating the same route. Qantas and Philippine Airlines are the current competitors of Cebu Pacific.

According to Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure Trade and Regional Economics (BITRE), it reported a 42 percent increase in passenger traffic between Sydney and Manila from September to December 2014 after Cebu Pacific entered the market.

Cebu Pacific's 55-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft. It is slated to launch twice weekly direct flights between Manila and Doha, Qatar, starting June 4, 2015. The airline will be the only Philippine carrier flying between these two cities, to serve more Global Filipinos in the Middle East.

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