Cebu Pacific on Thursday said it is adding international flights this month, following the easing of COVID restrictions on ravelers.
The airline unit of the Gokongwei Group said it started adding flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Nagoya, Seoul, Osaka and Singapore on June 1.
“We are happy to continuously see green shoots related to international travel as more countries open their borders, while others such as Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam completely dropped pre-departure COVID 19 tests for fully vaccinated individuals,” said CEB commercial chief officer Xander Lao.
“As we anticipate demand to pick up, we will continue to boost our flight frequencies to enable our passengers to fly easy across our network—whether for a vacation or simply to visit family and friends after such a long time,” said Lao.
The company said that starting June 1, flights from Manila to Bangkok would operate up to five times weekly; to Kuala Lumpur up to three times weekly; to Hanoi up to twice weekly; to Ho Chi Minh up to four times weekly; and to Osaka up to three times weekly. Daily flights to Seoul (Incheon) from Manila will also be available.
Cebu Pacific flights to Nagoya, Japan will also increase from four times weekly to five times weekly starting June 29.
The airline said it would double its Manila-Singapore frequency to twice daily flights starting July 1.
Cebu Pacific is also set to resume its three times weekly flights to Sydney, Australia in July.
The airline’s first international flight from its Cebu hub to Seoul (Incheon) will resume by July 3 with twice weekly services.
The Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases released Resolution 168 stating that effective May 30, fully vaccinated individuals who received at least one booster shot are exempted from presenting pre-departure COVID 19 test results for entry to the Philippines.
“We laud the IATF-EID for further simplifying travel requirements for travelers coming into the country. This directive makes it more convenient and more affordable for boosted travelers, both Filipinos and foreigners alike, to come home or rediscover the Philippines,” Lao said. With Joel E. Zurbano