BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific said it launched three new routes — two domestic and one international — out of Clark International Airport Friday.
The budget carrier launched yesterday service to Bacolod, Iloilo, and the Japanese gateway Narita, which becomes the fourth international route for Cebu Pacific operating out of Clark.
The carrier is also scheduled to launch a Clark-Puerto Princesa service by the fourth quarter.
Lance Y. Gokongwei, president and chief executive officer of Cebu Pacific, said at a launch event in Clark that the company wants to keep expanding its footprint at the gateway.
He said the four new routes to be opened this year will raise the carrier’s total capacity in the northern hub by 40% by the end of 2019.
“By the end of 2019, Cebu Pacific will be the largest carrier in Clark in terms of capacity with over 28% of all seats offered (by all airlines in Clark) and over 184 flights per week across all our routes, including the upcoming Clark-Puerto Princesa route which we will be launching in October,” he said.
The flights from Clark to Bacolod and Iloilo will be offered daily, while the service to Narita will run Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
“We have been operating flights in and out of Clark since 2006. The opening of these new routes is a testament of how committed we are to continuously develop this hub,” Mr. Gokongwei said.
The carrier’s other destinations served from Clark are Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran Davao, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong.
Cebu Pacific is aiming to hit its milestone of flying 200 million passengers by next year, and of 300 million passengers by 2022. It is committing to spend about P27.1 billion for capital expenditures this year for the acquisition of new aircraft. — Denise A. Valdez