Cebu Pacific Eyes Full Recovery This Year

The Philippine budget airline will soon be restarting flights to Macau, Melbourne, and Xiamen.

A Cebu Pacific Airbus A330-900. (Photo courtesy of Airbus)

After restoring 92 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity this month, Cebu Pacific is poised to return to all 25 of its international destinations by April. The carrier will be resuming operations on the Manila–Melbourne route on March 26, following the successful relaunch of its Manila–Sydney service last July. Taking around eight hours each way, the nonstop flights to and from Melbourne will initially run three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and will utilize Airbus A330s with space for more than 400 passengers.

March will also see the resumption of direct flights from Manila to Macau, running three times a week. Now that mainland China is welcoming back foreign travelers, the low-cost carrier has restarted weekly services to Shanghai and Shenzhen, and will return to Xiamen from February with one flight per week. At the same time, Cebu Pacific is increasing frequencies from its Manila hub to a quartet of international destinations. Guangzhou has gone from once a week to twice weekly this month, while the Bruneian capital of Bandar Seri Begawan is doubling to four times a week from March, when the airline ramps up Manila–Bangkok flights from 14 times to 18 times weekly, and Manila–Sydney from four to five times per week. To address rising passenger demand, Cebu Pacific will receive 10 brand-new planes in 2023: three A320neos, three A321neos, and four A330neos.

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