March 15, 2019
The Philippines’ largest carrier – Cebu Pacific – this week announced plans to expand its route network from its hubs at Clark and Cebu.
Speaking at Routes Asia in Cebu, chief operations officer, Michael Ivan Shau 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 to Iloilo, Bacolod and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
Commenting on the launch of the new routes, 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.”
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, Shau confirmed that they are in the final stages of launching a new route between Cebu and mainland China.
Cebu Pacific has previously stated it plans to ramp-up capacity at their Cebu hub by as much as 20 per cent in 2019 with long-term plans for Cebu to become their ‘beach hub’ for tourists coming from China.
“The Philippines is the closest tropical destination from North Asia. Cebu and the 166 islands within the province alone boast of some of the best tropical getaways in the world. It’s a logical choice to be our ‘beach hub’ with easier access to world-class beaches, dive spots and resorts,” Shau said.