CEBU PACIFIC announced on Monday that its passengers may avail of its unlimited rebooking option until the first quarter of 2021, a company official said.

The budget carrier, operated by Cebu Air, Inc., extended its offering until March 31, which was set to end this month, as it “may take time before trust and confidence in air travel is restored,”  Candice A. Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer service, said in an e-mailed press release on Monday.

“Passengers traveling until March 31, 2021 may rebook their flights as many times as they want, or put the full cost of their ticket into a Travel Fund valid for two (2) years, with rebooking and cancellation fees waived. A minimal fare difference may apply for rebooking of flights,” Cebu Pacific said. 

Cebu Air President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Y. Gokongwei said at a Palace briefing last week that the airline sector was under “severe stress.”

“This year, we will lose almost P25 billion,” he said.

The company’s main priority for now is to operate the airline “in a very safe and secure manner for both its passengers and employees” in order to regain people’s confidence in flying amid the pandemic crisis, Mr. Gokongwei said. — Arjay L. Balinbin