September 21, 2017, 8:04 pm
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Low-cost carrier eyes more flights to Japan

Cebu Pacific Air Inc. plans to expand its routes in Japan, seeking for rights to fly to Haneda.

The airline  is urging the government to initiate air talks with Japan to enable it to expand its operations in Japan, increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Filipino tourists.

“We would like to operate to Haneda but right now, we can’t get any allocation or entitlements from the government. We want to operate to Japan beyond Haneda,”  said JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs.

Since the liberalization of air services between Japan and the Philippines in 2013, Cebu Pacific expanded its operations and is now offering  four weekly flights from Manila to Nagoya and vice versa; five weekly flights from Manila to Osaka and vice versa; seven weekly flights from Manila to Tokyo (Narita) and four weekly flights from Cebu to Tokyo (Narita) and Manila -Fukuoka four times weekly.

Haneda is currently being served by Philippine Airlines.

“We asked the government during the last air panel meeting to ask the government of Japan to (hold) air talks between the two countries. We’re waiting for a response from the government of Japan,” Mantaring said,

Cebu Pacific  offers flights to over 60 destinations including Dubai, Tokyo, Beijing, Bali and Sydney. 

CEB’s 61-strong fleet, comprised of 4 Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, 8 Airbus A330, 8 ATR-72 500 and 5 ATR 72-600 aircraft, is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between2017 and 2022, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 7, Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
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