Cebu Pacific Announce Expansion Plans

Cebu Pacific (CEB) fleet at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3

The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, has announced plans to expand its route network from its hubs at Clark and Cebu.

Speaking at Routes Asia this week, Michael Ivan Shau, Cebu Pacific’s chief operations officer, said that due to increasing demand for more direct and seamless connections, the carrier will launch three new domestic routes from the Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK) to Iloilo (ILO), Bacolod (BCD) and Puerto Princesa (PPS) in Palawan.

Commenting on the launch of the new domestic routes, Mr Shau said: “There’s still a lot of opportunity for expansion within the Philippines — inter-island connections from key cities like Clark and Cebu.

“We believe that there is a significant untapped market in northern provinces in the Philippines,” he noted.

International expansion plans for the airline’s Cebu hub are focused on North Asia markets such as China, Korea, and Japan. Speaking at the event, Mr Shau confirmed that they are in the final stages of launching a new route between Cebu and mainland China.

Cebu Pacific has previously stated that they plan to ramp-up capacity at their Cebu hub by as much as 20% in 2019 with long-term plans for Cebu to become their ‘beach hub’ for tourists coming from China.