Cebu Pacific flies out of new international airport in PH’s world-class Palawan Island
Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights to and from Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, with a total of 550 flights weekly via three of CEB’s major hubs: Manila, Cebu and Iloilo.
The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, started flying in and out of the new terminal of the Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan last 4th May, 2017. Now with a wider runway, an infrastructure that can handle wide-bodied aircraft and a terminal building that can accommodate over 1,000 passengers at any given time, the new international airport is expected to boost tourism in the world-class destination, Palawan.
Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights to and from Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, with a total of 550 flights weekly via three of CEB’s major hubs: Manila, Cebu and Iloilo. In 2016, CEB flew the most number of passengers to and from Puerto Princesa, garnering over 50% of the total market share. CEB will also be increasing the capacity of its flights to and from Puerto Princesa, upgrading from the 180-seater Airbus A320 to the Airbus A321 neos with a 230 seating capacity.
“We are very much thrilled with the opening of the newest world-class airport in Puerto Princesa, as this is expected to boost trade and tourism in the Palawan region. With the new airport able to handle international flights, it also makes Puerto Princesa attractive for direct connections to and from key foreign tourist markets. And by offering more seats, Cebu Pacific will be able to help provide even lower fares to its valued guests and bring them to see the beauty of Palawan,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs.
Palawan, listed as among the world’s best islands by the Conde Nast travel magazine, is not only home to pristine white-sand beaches, but also to other renowned destinations, such as the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Guests wanting to maximize their stay in Puerto Princesa may avail of Cebu Pacific’s “CEB Transfers” service that enables travelers to conveniently visit and hop to Palawan’s Sabang Underground River—listed as among the world’s wonders.
According to the Philippines Department of Tourism, arrivals from China surged by 25.42% to record nearly 165,000 visitors in January and February of 2017 alone, while tourist arrivals from China for the entire year of 2016 reached 676,000, which is roughly 1.7% of all Chinese nationals that travelled abroad that year. With the opening of this new international airport in Puerto Princesa, tourism in the region is expected to flourish, as it offers a much more convenient access into one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Aside from Manila, Cebu and Iloilo, CEB also operates flights out of three strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Clark, Davao and Kalibo. The airline’s extensive network covers over 100 routes and 66 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.