CEB resuming international flights to rebuild operations

Published August 5, 2021, 3:43 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Despite the government’s re-imposing more stringent travel restrictions this month, Cebu Pacific (CEB) is mounting flights to additional key Asian cities to rebuild its international operations.

Beginning Wednesday, (August 4) CEB increased its flight frequencies to Singapore from twice to thrice weekly, with Manila to Singapore operating every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Singapore to Manila will be every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

In addition, CEB is mounting special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila every Wednesday.

This is in response to the government’s call for assistance to repatriate workers in the Middle East while the travel ban remains in effect.

The airline also increased its flights between Manila and Seoul, South Korea from twice to thrice weekly with additional frequency on Monday, beginning August 16.

Starting August 22, CEB will be flying from twice to thrice weekly from Tokyo (Narita) to Manila, with additional frequency every Sunday.

Daily flights to Hongkong from Manila will resume on August 11.

Other reinstated flights include flights to Nagoya, Osaka (Kansai) and Taipei, starting the week of August 14, with twice weekly flights for Nagoya and Osaka (Kansai); and weekly flights for Taipei to and from Manila.

“We remain cautiously optimistic as we gradually rebuild our international network,” announced Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience.

“We recognize the need for non-leisure travel to these routes and we prioritize safety as we restore trust and confidence in air travel.”

CEB abides by travel regulations issued by the governments of the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

CEB has been rated 7/7 stars by for its COVID-19 compliance as it continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety, in accordance with global aviation standards.

These include daily extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for all aircraft and facilities, antigen testing before duty for all frontliners and crew members, and contactless flight procedures.

All are in accordance with global best practices and the highest safety standards.

Aircraft are equipped with hospital grade HEPA air filters, keeping viruses at bay.

CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 31 destinations, on top of its eight international destinations.

Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two dedicated ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.