Cebu Pacific urges government to ease domestic travel restrictions

Cebu Pacific urges government to ease domestic travel restrictions

President and CEO of Cebu Pacific, Lance Gokongwei, is prompting the government to search for ways to ease restrictions on domestic travel for fully vaccinated people as he seeks to boost operations in Q4.

"Tourism is a major part of the Philippine economy. So I think we have to put in rules that enable vaccinated citizens to start flying domestically without restrictions," Gokongwei told ABS-CBN News after an interview with BPI Chairman Jaime Zobel de Ayala.

He also said that uniform rules on domestic travel are needed to avoid confusion among the travelers since some local governments require negative RT-PCR rests while some require vaccination cards.

"Every other country in the world has opened their domestic market already, so I think there's a big opportunity for at least domestic tourism to revive before the end of the year and then towards early next year," he said.

"We'd like to see an opening up and more incoming arrivals around, especially for those who have already been vaccinated because this COVID will become endemic at some point. It is already endemic; we have to learn how to live with it," Gokongwei added.

Cebu Pacific targets to attain at least 38% of its pre-pandemic operating level in the 4th quarter, Cebu Pacific vice president for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog said, based on the report of ABS-CBN.

Iyog stated that the carrier would increase its flight frequencies to local famous tourist destinations such as Bohol, Boracay, Siargao, and Coron by October.

"Domestic tourism will be the one leading the recovery process for us," she said.

When Gokongwei was questioned about his economic outlook, he replied that it'd likely "bounce back a little bit" since consumption spending continuously grows.

"I'm confident it will come back in the next couple of years as more people are vaccinated, more confident to go out," he said.

(Source: ABS-CBN News)

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