January 10, 2017 at 08:20 pm
Darwin G. Amojelar
Cebu Air Inc., operator of Cebu Pacific, wants the Civil Aeronautics Board to reallocate the unused flight frequencies of rival Philippine Airlines to India.
The Gokongwei-owned airline filed with the CAB an application for allocation and re-allocation of entitlements to India from PAL.
Cebu Air’s request made the request in accordance to the existing air agreement between the governments of the Philippines and India.
PAL flights to New Delhi were stopped in June 2013 amid low demand from local travelers.
No Philippine carriers fly between Manila and India now.
Philippines Air Asia Inc. filed with the CAB an application for designation as official Philippine carrier and grant of seven weekly flights to New Delhi, nIndia.
Cebu Pacific earlier said it was studying to acquire an Airbus 350 and Boeing 788 in the third quarter this year for its long haul operation.
Cebu Pacific launched its long haul operation in 2013, with A330-300 services to Dubai. It now operates five long haul routes to the Middle East and Australia and also uses its A330 fleet on several short haul routes.
The airline last March launched four times weekly flights between Manila and Guam, its first US destination.
Cebu Pacific currently offers flights to a total of 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.
Its 58-strong fleet is comprised of six Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and two ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Between 2016 and 2021, Cebu Pacific expects delivery of two more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Cebu Pacific earlier reported a net income of P7.09 billion in the January to September period, up 99.6 percent from P3.56 billion in the same period last year.
Revenues increased 10.5 percent to P46.69 billion from P42.30 billion last year.