Cebu Pacific to launch flights to Melbourne

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File photo of Cebu Pacific Air's Airbus A330 aircraft taken on September 12, 2013 at the NAIA terminal 3. -- BW FILE PHOTO

CEBU PACIFIC (Cebu Air, Inc.) will launch direct flights from Manila to Melbourne by June next year, an official said.

Cebu Pacific Vice-President for Corporate Affairs JR Mantaring told reporters that they plan to launch the flights by “June next year.” However, they are first awaiting the grant of additional air traffic entitlements.

“We asked the CAB to allocate two A330 flights from Manila to Melbourne,” Mr. Mantaring told reporters on the sidelines of a Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority event last week.

Cebu Pacific currently flies to Melbourne via Singapore in operation with Scoot TigerAir Pte. Ltd.

It currently flies daily to Sydney, Australia, and has plans to increase frequencies for the route.

The airline said it dominated the passenger market for Manila-Sydney flights during the first five months of the year, citing data from the Australian Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Economics, which showed that Cebu Pacific grabbed a 44% passenger market share of the Manila-Sydney route during the period.

The airline is shifting its focus to high-demand domestic and Asian destinations.

Between this year and 2022, the airline expects delivery of 47 brand new aircraft, composed of seven Airbus A321ceos, 32 Airbus A321neos, and eight ATR 72-600s.  P.P.C. Marcelo