Cebu Pacific Air almost back to pre-pandemic operations

THE COMEBACK. CEB President and Chief Commercial Officer Xander Lao (left) and CEB Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog at the press conference in Ayala Museum, Makati City. (Joey Pavia)

MAKATI CITY – Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is almost back to its pre-pandemic operations, launching 350 flights per day since December of last year.

This was according to CEB President and Chief Commercial Officer Xander Lao who met journalists and bloggers from all over the country in a press conference at the Ayala Museum here on January 25.

Lao said the CEB had some 370 flights daily before the pandemic struck hard in March 2020.

“It was tough and difficult but we are happy to announce that Cebu Pacific is back,” said Lao.

CEB is set to restore 100% of its pre-COVID network and capacity in March 2023, according to CEB Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog.  She added that CEB now flies to 34 domestic destinations and is set to restore all its 25 international destinations (14 countries) in the first quarter.

Iyog said they ramped flights at their hubs in Cebu and Davao. CEB offers flights to Cebu via the Clark International Airport Terminal 2.

Iyog disclosed that CEB served 1.7 million passengers in December 2022. In the same period last year, the airlines flew 700,000 passengers.

CEB, the first airline in the country to offer promo fares which allowed every kind of Juan to travel to their dream vacations, ensures the affordability of its air fare in 2023. It will remain true to its commitment from 27 years ago to make every Juan fly, by offering seat sales to encourage travel across its widest domestic and international network.

“We are excited to welcome more passengers onboard, especially now that we are back to easier times. We are proud to announce that Cebu Pacific has emerged stronger after nearly three years of pandemic, and that we are ready to give our customers a better flying experience. And so, we confidently say—‘Let’s Fly, Every Juan’,” said Iyog,

CEB is offering a special seat sale from January 27 to 31, 2023, allowing every Juan to fly internationally for as low as PHP 499 one-way base fare. Select domestic destinations are on sale too – all with a travel period of June 01 to November 30, 2023.

To address passenger demand, CEB — one of the few airlines in the world to accept aircraft deliveries during the pandemic — will receive 10 brand new planes in 2023: three A320neo, three A321neo, and
four A330neo.