Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei is expanding its hubs outside Manila by launching direct flights to Hong Kong and Japan starting next month.
Cebu Pacific announced that it would mount flights to Hong Kong from Boracay via its hub in Kalibo, Aklan starting March 2. The Boracay – Kalibo would have three weekly flights using an Airbus A320.
It is also flying to Tokyo (Narita) via the Mactan – Cebu International Airport four times a week starting March 26, using also an A320 aircraft.
Cebu Pacific operates six hubs in the Philippines including its hub at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Aside from Cebu and Kalibo, the airline operates at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark; Davao International Airport l; and Iloilo International Airport.
It has an extensive route network of 62 destinations spanning Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, among others as well as the most flights and routes within the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific took delivery of its 31st brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft last Feb. 4. It now operates a fleet of 54 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 A320, five A330, and eight ATR-72 500 aircraft with an average age of 4.34 years.