All you need to know about Cebu Pacific Air.
Known as the the largest airline in the Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air offers low fares all year round to over 60 destinations in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
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About Cebu Pacific
Cebu Air, Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), is a low-cost airline based in Pasay, Philippines. Founded in 1988, it is Asia's oldest low-cost airline.
The airline offers scheduled flights to both domestic and international destinations. The airline operates flights from two primary hubs in Cebu and Manila, five secondary hubs in Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, and Kalibo, and a focus city in Zamboanga.
With its low-cost business model, Cebu Pacific became the Philippines' largest airline based on number of passengers flown on domestic and international routes in 2010, overtaking rival Philippine Airlines (PAL). In 2022, the airline had a market share of 57 percent in the domestic market.
Cebu Pacific in Details
|Cebu Pacific logo|
- IATA: 5J
- ICAO: CEB
- Callsign: CEBU AIR
- Founded: August 26, 1988
- Commenced operations: March 8, 1996; 27 years ago
- AOC #: 2009002
- Hubs: Cebu, Manila
- Secondary hubs: Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo
- Focus cities: Zamboanga
- Frequent-flyer program: Go Rewards
- Alliance: Value Alliance
- Subsidiaries: Cebgo, Cebu Pacific Cargo
- Fleet size: 48
- Destinations: 63 (including Cebgo)
- Parent company: JG Summit Holdings
- Traded as: PSE: CEB
- Headquarters: Domestic Road, Pasay; Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
Cebu Pacific Foundation and Growth (1988–2006)
Cebu Pacific was established on August 26, 1988. Republic Act No. 7151, which grants a legislative franchise to Cebu Air, Inc. to operate was approved on August 30, 1991. It started operations on March 8, 1996, with its first flight from Manila to Cebu. Domestic services commenced following market deregulation by the Philippine government.
Cebu Pacific was subsequently acquired by JG Summit Holdings, which was at the time, owned by John Gokongwei. It temporarily ceased operations in February 1998 after being grounded by the government due to an accident that killed 104 people but resumed services later the next month following re-certification of its aircraft.
It initially started with 24 domestic flights daily among Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao. By the end of 2001, its operations had grown to about 80 daily flights to 18 domestic destinations.
In the 2000s, Cebu Pacific was granted rights to operate international flights to the region, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Guam. International flights were launched on November 22, 2001, with a twice-daily service to Hong Kong.
On March 1, 2002, it commenced thrice-weekly flights to Seoul. Other regional flights were introduced and suspended later; however, including flights to Singapore (from November 6, 2002, to January 2003) and from Manila via Subic to Seoul (from December 2002) due in part to the effects of the SARS epidemic.
In November 2005, Cebu Pacific launched its "Go Fares" promo, reducing its air fares by half to increase the airline's revenue by twenty percent. Following this, the airline gained a significant increase in passengers. Cebu Pacific President Lance Gokongwei said that the low fares aim to attract more people to travel by air.
The airline resumed its Manila–Singapore flights on August 31, 2006 and launched its direct flight from Cebu to Singapore on October 23, 2006, the first low-cost airline to serve the Cebu-Singapore-Cebu sector, and in direct competition with Singapore Airlines' subsidiary SilkAir, CEB was the only Philippine carrier serving the Cebu-Singapore-Cebu route for years until Philippine Airlines resumed its direct service in 2017. The airline operates direct flights from Cebu to Hong Kong which commenced October 2, 2006, which also made CEB the only Philippine carrier to serve a Cebu-Hong Kong-Cebu route after PAL terminated its direct service and is now code-sharing with Cathay Pacific for this route.
Cebu Pacific's plans to begin international flights from Clark in 2007 were initially unsuccessful when its request was denied. The nations involved came to an agreement that Cebu Pacific would be only allowed to operate charter flights from Clark to the respective countries' airport(s). Only Singapore initially agreed to allow Cebu Pacific to fly scheduled flights from Clark to Singapore.
It later expanded its routes from Clark to Cebu, Davao, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tokyo.
Expansion and Re-branding (2007–2020)
In November 2007, Cebu Pacific opened a hub at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, its fourth hub after Manila, Cebu, and Clark. It later launched direct services from Davao to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Iloilo in May 2008.
In late 2007, Cebu Pacific announced plans to launch non-stop flights to the United States West Coast, Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois by mid-2009.
On May 28, 2008, Cebu Pacific was named as the world's number one airline in terms of growth. The airline was also ranked fifth in Asia for Budget Airline passengers transported and 23rd in the world. The airline carried a total of almost 5.5 million passengers in 2007, an increase of 57.4 percent from 2006.
In August 2009, Cebu Pacific became the first airline in the Philippines to use social media. The airline created a fan page on Facebook and Twitter.
In October 2010, the airline completed an initial public offering of 30.4% of outstanding shares. It raised ₱23.3 billion prior to an exercise of an overallotment option and was the largest IPO made by a low-cost carrier.
In January 2011, Cebu Pacific flew its 50 millionth passenger.
In 2012, Cebu Pacific opened its fifth hub at Iloilo International Airport and launched direct flights from Iloilo to Hong Kong, General Santos, Singapore, and Puerto Princesa. Later that year, it opened a hub in Kalibo and launching direct flights from Kalibo to Davao and Puerto Princesa. That same year, Cebu Pacific planned to commence international long-haul flights to the Middle East, the United States, Australia, and some parts of Europe using the Airbus A330-300.
The first long-haul flight commenced to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 7, 2013. Cebu Pacific is also applying for rights for a daily service to Auckland, New Zealand.
The airline flew its 100 millionth passenger in January 2015. In June of that year, Cebu Pacific revealed its new logo that represents the colors of the Philippines and also symbolizes as an evolution of a low-cost pioneer. The airline received its first Airbus A320 painted in the new livery on January 22, 2016.
Cebu Pacific opened its seventh hub at Cagayan de Oro's Laguindingan Airport in October 2017 and launched direct flights to Dumaguete and Caticlan from Cagayan de Oro. That same month, it flew its 150 millionth passenger.
In 2018, Cebu Pacific launched flights to Basco, Batanes and Melbourne, Australia.
COVID-19 Pandemic (2020–2022)
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the operations of the airline and its regional subsidiary. All operations were suspended during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon in 2020. Due to low passenger demand, the airline laid off 1,300 employees that year, and sent many aircraft to indefinite storage.
In 2021, Cebu Pacific raised a total of ₱40.5 billion (US$822 million) to help the airline recover from the pandemic.
|Cebu Pacific headquarters, as viewed from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway.|
As travel demand recovers, it started rehiring retrenched employees in November 2021 and aims to restore its full workforce by 2023. In March 2022, the airline flew its 200 millionth passenger. By July 2022, the airline operated at 88% of pre-pandemic levels, with domestic operations being restored to 100% of pre-pandemic levels.
Post-pandemic Recovery (2023–present)
At the start of 2023, Cebu Pacific fully restored its pre-pandemic capacity and most of its international destinations. It carried 14.8 million passengers in 2022, a huge increase from 2021. As China, being an important market for tourism in the Philippines, lifted travel restrictions, Cebu Pacific increased its frequency of its Manila–Hong Kong flights and resumed some flights to the mainland.
In conjunction with the resumption of some of its flights, Cebu Pacific gradually resumed some flights from its Clark, Cebu, and Iloilo hubs. However, despite the travel boom in 2022, it still reported its third consecutive annual loss since 2020, with rising fuel prices and the depreciation of the Philippine peso contributing to the continued losses for the airline.
Cebu Pacific Subsidiaries
Cebgo is the airline's regional subsidiary. It operates an all-turboprop fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft and is used in regional domestic routes. It was founded in May 2015 following the acquisition of Tigerair Philippines by Cebu Pacific.
Cebu Pacific Cargo operates two dedicated cargo turboprop aircraft. The airline announced in 2018 that it would enter the dedicated cargo market to support the increase in demand for logistics.
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Cebu Pacific Flight Schedule
For list of schedule, visit Cebu Pacific Air flights.
Cebu Pacific Flight Reminders
Wearing of face mask is required at all times. Please check with your destination LGU for their guidelines.
You will not be allowed to enter the airport and will be denied boarding without a face mask. Please do not remove this at any point in time.
|Cebu Pacific Precautionary Measures|
CEB continues to implement enhanced bio-security preventive measures to keep our passengers and personnel safe. These safety measures include daily extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for all aircraft and facilities, rapid antibody testing for all frontliners and crew and contactless flight procedures. These are based on global best practices, and adhere to the highest safety standards.
CEB operates with 100% fully vaccinated active flying crew, 95% of whom have been boosted to ensure the continued safety of its employees and passengers.
Those on cancelled flights may choose to place the cost of the ticket fare in a Travel Fund valid for six (6) months; refund; or opt to rebook to any other travel date.
Passengers may conveniently manage their bookings online through the Manage Booking portal on the Cebu Pacific website. Simply log in using your MyCebuPacific account, if applicable, or enter your booking reference to access your booking online. Bookings can be modified up to two (2) hours before the flight.
Do not go to the airport unless you have verified and confirmed your flight schedule. We may adjust flights depending on government regulations. We will contact passengers through the email addresses and mobile numbers provided upon booking for any information regarding their flights. We shall also provide updates through our website and official social media accounts.
Passengers are required to check-in online to maintain contactless flight procedures, and avoid queuing in the airport check-in counters. Go straight to gate or proceed to our self-bag tag kiosks before dropping bags off. Counters close one (1) hour before the scheduled time of departure.
How To Book a Trip / Reserve a Ticket
Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can get a ticket or check available trips online:
- Go to this link and INPUT the origin and destination in the search box (eg. Manila - Boracay)
- Input the dates of your desired arrival.
- Choose if it is One-way or Return trip.
- Choose the number of seats you wish to book or reserve
- Then click Find Tickets to search for the available trips
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Compare Air Fares
A quick and easy way to do this is to use flight search engines A.K.A airfare comparison sites. Get started by following the steps below:
Step 1: Visit the best flight search engines listed below (click the links to open a new tab).
Step 2: Enter your destinations and travel dates to compare airfares.
Step 3: Go back to this page and select another flight search engine.
Step 4: Repeat steps #2 & #3 until you visit all sites listed.
Step 5: Review the airfare results to find out which airline/site offers the cheapest prices. Take note of all the airlines listed. Use the “Filter” feature to see a list of airlines that fly to your destination.
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