Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) on Tuesday announced it has restored 92% of its pre-pandemic system-wide capacity following the continuous increase of its domestic and international routes.
The airline now flies an average of 355 commercial flights daily, covering 34 domestic and 19 international destinations. This is equivalent to about 64,000 seats offered in a day.
To date, CEB has restored over 100% of its pre-pandemic domestic capacity, surpassing the airline’s December 2019 level.
CEB flew 13.3 million passengers from January to November 2022, up 493 percent from the same period in 2021, as people rushed back to travel following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
“Our system-wide capacity is now approaching pre-pandemic levels. We’ve basically grown, in fact, much more than what we were doing pre-COVID in the domestic level. We are seeing green shoots of recovery. It is very encouraging to see more people confidently flying again, not just within the Philippines but even abroad,” said Xander Lao, CEB chief commercial officer.
For December, CEB widened its international footprint as it added more flights in Manila to and from Brunei, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong.
CEB also boosted its Cebu hub with additional flights starting December 1. These include services to going to and from Iloilo, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Surigao, Pagadian, and Tacloban.
To address growing capacity and travel demand, CEB is planning to use 11 brand new Airbus NEO aircraft in 2023: three A320neo, four A321neo, and four A330neo.
All aircraft deliveries will use blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as part of the airline’s sustainability efforts. CEB aims to transition to an all-NEO fleet by 2028 and incorporate the use of SAF for its entire commercial network by 2030.