DUBAI: Two years after its inaugural flight to Dubai, Cebu Pacific announced it can now fly to Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The move came after the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), in a recent board meeting, granted Cebu Pacific additional entitlements for international routes from Manila to the UAE, Taipei and Kaohshiung in Taiwan and to key destinations in Russia.
“Cebu Pacific was granted the right to operate additional seven flights weekly from Manila to the UAE, which would allow the airline to launch flights to any point in the UAE. Currently, Cebu Pacific
is fully utilizing its entitlements with daily flights between Manila and Dubai,” a media advisory issued by the airline from the Philippines said.
No date was given on when the flights would commence.
Meantime, Cebu Pacific’s request to operate direct flights to Taipei from Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Puerto Princesa, and Tagbilaran, as well as direct flights to Kaohshiung from Caticlan and Cebu, was likewise granted.
The airline is presently operating 10 weekly flights between Manila and Taipei, and thrice weekly flights between Cebu and Taipei.
“We’ve always maintained that traffic rights are valuable resources that must be rationally allocated to carriers that are willing and able to utilize and operate flights. We look forward to mounting additional flights to meet the growing travel demand in communities we serve, and opening new routes to stimulate travel in emerging markets,” Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs, said in a statement.
Cebu Pacific was also designated as the official Philippine carrier to Russia, and was granted thrice weekly flights each from Manila to Moscow and Vladivostok.
It was also designated as the official carrier under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS).
This would allow it to operate unlimited flights between capital cities within the ASEAN region soon as the Philippines completes ratification of the relevant protocols.
Cebu Pacific began flying to the UAE in October 2013 via Dubai.