CEBU PACIFIC is introducing two new local routes from its hub at the Clark International Airport in November.
In a statement, the Gokongwei-led budget carrier said beginning Nov. 9, it will mount daily flights from Clark to Davao, and to Tagbilaran in Bohol, which will “help improve air connectivity and logistics between Central Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.”
“The expansion of our Clark route network and connecting this to our Davao hub will open opportunities for commerce, entrepreneurs and domestic investments for Central Luzon; while we anticipate that the Clark-Tagbilaran route will help boost trade and tourism. This in turn, will help spur economic growth and provide travelers with more route options to get to their destinations,” Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs Paterno S. Mantaring, Jr. was quoted as saying.
The airline has used Clark International Airport as a hub for north Luzon and central Luzon for the last ten years. Passenger volume in Clark is seen to hit two million in 2018.
“Cebu Pacific has been operating flights in and out of the Clark International Airport since 2006. Since our maiden Clark-Cebu route, we have not only expanded, but consistently maintained our presence at the Clark airport. We remain committed to helping play a pivotal role in the growth of the Clark airport,” Mr. Mantaring said.
Starting Oct. 28, Cebu Pacific is also launching direct flights from Clark to Cebu, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong. It will restart direct flights from Clark to Caticlan also by Oct. 28, when Boracay is expected to reopen for business.
Cebu Air, Inc., the listed operator of Cebu Pacific, reported its net income for the first six months of 2018 dropped 24% to P3.309 billion, from P4.334 billion recorded in the same period last year. The rise in jet fuel prices alongside the weakening of the Philippine peso against the US dollar weighed on Cebu Air’s bottomline.
As of end-June 2018, the budget carrier flew 7.6 million passengers.