BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced on Sunday the resumption of more direct flights from Cebu to Davao.

The move is in line with Cebu Pacific’s goal to restore 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity starting this month, the airline said in a statement.

The budget carrier “will add more flights for its passengers in Visayas-Mindanao to enable them to explore more local destinations without having to pass through Manila,” it added.

Cebu Pacific now operates direct flights to 21 domestic destinations.

It recently resumed direct flights from Cebu to Calbayog, Surigao, Puerto Princesa, and Legazpi.

At the same time, the airline increased flights to its 18 other routes from Cebu, particularly to Manila, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Coron, Boracay, and Cagayan de Oro, among others.

“On top of this, the airline has also resumed four new direct flights from Davao,” Cebu Pacific said.

“Flights to Bohol, Iloilo, and Zamboanga have resumed this month, while Davao-Cagayan de Oro flights will resume in May. These additional connections bring up the hub’s total routes to six, including its Davao-Manila which flies up to 8x daily; and Davao-Cebu up to 3x daily,” it added.

The budget carrier recently reported a net loss of P24.9 billion for 2021, widening from a loss of P22.2 billion a year earlier.

It generated P15.7 billion in revenues in 2021, 30% below 2020.

The airline said the decline in revenues was mostly driven by the 50% drop in passenger revenue to P6.3 billion from P12.6 billion in 2020. — Arjay L. Balinbin