CEB restores 92% of pre-pandemic capacity

Published December 6, 2022, 4:32 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

CEB restores 92% of pre-pandemic capacity


Cebu Pacific (CEB) has restored 92 percent of its pre-pandemic system-wide capacity and now averages 355 flights a day, covering 34 domestic and 19 international destinations, equivalent to about 64,000 seats daily.

To date, CEB has restored over 100% of its pre-pandemic domestic capacity, surpassing the airline’s December 2019 level.

CEB flew 13.3 million passengers from January to November 2022, up 493 percent from the same period in 2021, as more people traveled with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Our system-wide capacity is now approaching pre-pandemic levels. We’ve basically grown, in fact, much more than what we were doing pre-COVID in the domestic level,” says Xander Lao, Chief Commercial Officer at Cebu Pacific.

“We are seeing green shoots of recovery. It is very encouraging to see more people confidently flying again, not just within the Philippines but even abroad,”

For December, CEB widened its international footprint as it added more flights to Brunei, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong.

To address growing capacity and travel demand, CEB plans to take delivery of 11 brand new Airbus NEO aircraft in 2023: three A320neo, four A321neo, and four A330neo.

All aircraft deliveries will use blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as part of the airline’s sustainability efforts. CEB aims to transition to an all-NEO fleet by 2028 and incorporate the use of SAF for its entire commercial network by 2030.