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Cebu Pacific expands footprint in North and Central Luzon, launches three new routes from its Clark hub

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(Cebu Pacific President & CEO Lance Gokongwei announces the good news. Photo by Bong Lacson)

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) continues to stimulate growth in North and Central Luzon as it begins the operation of three new flights from Clark today, namely to Bacolod, Iloilo and Narita, Japan. CEB is the first Philippine carrier to mount direct flights between Clark and Tokyo.

With the expansion of its route network in the Clark hub, Cebu Pacific will become the largest carrier in Clark in terms of capacity by end-2019, capturing 28% of total number of seats offered by all carriers operating in Clark.

Flights from Clark to Bacolod and Iloilo run daily, while direct service to and from Narita is scheduled four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday). The carrier has also earlier announced that it will begin flying daily between Clark and Puerto Princesa in Palawan by the fourth quarter of 2019.

These four new routes will boost CEB’s total capacity in Clark by 40% in 2019 alone, following a 75% increase in 2018 with the launch of direct commercial air service to and from Davao and Panglao (Bohol); as well as additional frequency for the Clark-Macau route.

“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—we are not only establishing seamless inter-island connections, but also opening up North Luzon to more potential entrepreneurs, both local and foreign, furthering tourism, trade and investment opportunities in Clark and its surrounding areas,” said Mr. Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific flies to four other domestic destinations (Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, Davao); and three other international destinations (Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong) to and from Clark.

“As we aim to fly 200 million passengers by 2020; and 300 million by 2022, trust that we have been and will always keep our customers at the heart of the business. Rest assured, we will continue to cater to the growing travel demand by enabling more Juans to travel conveniently and affordably through our year-round low fares,” added Gokongwei.

The airline expects to receive over 60 aircraft in the next eight years, guaranteeing even greater growth in and out of the Philippines.

Aside from Clark, Cebu Pacific operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao. CEB operates over 2,000 weekly flights across 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.

About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)

Cebu Air Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

Together with subsidiary Cebgo, CEB flies to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations with over 100 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.

The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised of an Airbus A320NEO, two (2) Airbus A321NEO, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, 33 Airbus A320, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR aircraft are used by Cebgo for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

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