MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-led budget airline Cebu Pacific is ready to service domestic flights that will be soon abandoned by other airlines.
In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it is prepared to come in and prevent any disruption in travel connectivity within the country.
"We have enough planes and more are coming this year and in the next few years to cover key local destinations and mount additional flights," Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution, said in a statement.
Cebu Pacific said it is open to adding flights or exploring routes to and from Butuan, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban and Zamboanga.
However, the airline did not name the airline which is abandoning the said routes. A source said Philippine Airlines (PAL) will stop flying those routes as part of its efforts to streamline operations, but this was not confirmed.
Cebu Pacific said it is adding more flights out of Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Zamboanga, as part of the 10 domestic routes it is launching in the second half of 2012. These new routes are Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa to Iloilo and to Davao, and Tacloban to Iloilo.
"Cebu Pacific's domestic passengers grew by 18% in the 1st half of 2012, compared to the same period last year. Through CEB's 60 domestic routes and constant seat sales, local and foreign travellers can take advantage of CEB's accessible options to travel to different parts of the country, via our hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo and Kalibo," she said.
In the 1st half of the year, Cebu Pacific grew its Cebu-Mindanao passenger traffic by 36%, and its Cebu-Visayas passenger traffic by 53%. Luzon-Cebu traffic also grew by 49%, while its Luzon-Manila traffic grew by 27%, Iyog said, comparing figures from the same period last year.