The Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’s largest budget airline, increased its daily flights between Manila and Boracay and Bohol starting June 21, 2021, with an eye toward recovery.
Cebu Pacific mounted five daily flights between Manila and Boracay and daily flights to Bohol as well.
“With the arrival of more vaccines and the pace at which vaccines are being rolled out, we are hopeful that in due time our networks will recover to pre-pandemic levels,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer experience, said.
Currently, Cebu Pacific operates the “widest network” in the Philippines, covering 32 destinations, on top of its six international destinations.
“We remain cautiously optimistic as we prepare for the bounce back and will do everything that is within our control to support and aid that,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer experience, said.
The budget airline said in a statement to BusinessWorld: “We gradually increased our flights to Boracay weekly — from only two times daily on June 4, three times daily on June 7, four times daily on June 11, and now five times daily beginning yesterday, June 21.”
“Bohol was at four times weekly in the second week of June, and now it’s already one time daily,” it added.
Cebu Pacific is also set to implement a new policy for passengers requiring changes to their flights.
According to Cebu Pacific, on July 1, 2021, the travel fund option for voluntary flight changes would only be made available to passengers who pre-purchased the CEB Flexi add-on during the initial booking.
The add on allows passengers to cancel their flights for free, up to two hours before departure, and store the booking value in a travel fund for as low as P499.
The amount in this virtual wallet is valid for two years and may be used to book new flights or purchase other add-ons such as seat selection, additional baggage allowance, or travel insurance.
Meanwhile, passengers who wish to change their bookings voluntarily without purchasing CEB Flexi can use the unlimited rebooking option.
Earlier, Cebu Pacific removed change fees “to provide guests with the much-needed flexibility during this time.”
The number of flights Cebu Pacific had last year was 71% lower at 41,804. The number of passengers it carried in 2020 also dropped 78% to 5 million.
Source: Inquirer.Net, BusinessWorld