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Cebu Pacific resumes flights to Hong Kong

- By Recto Mercene @rectomerce­ne

CEBU Pacific (CEB), the country’s leading carrier, said it will restart its direct flights to hong Kong from Manila beginning September 1.

The carrier intends to fly six times weekly (daily except Saturdays) for the month of September.

CEB has been gradually rebuilding its internatio­nal network as it answers the need for more flights to carry essential travelers.

“There is latent travel demand and we remain cautiously optimistic as we boost operations where it is needed most. We continue to listen to our passengers and we do all that we can to address their needs while we remain committed to prioritize the health and safety [of passengers],” said Xander Lao, Chief Commercial Officer at Cebu Pacific.

Passengers bound for hong Kong need to complete the HKG Department of health Online Declaratio­n form and bring with them a negative RT-PCR test result conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure.

All guests must also show their confirmati­on of room reservatio­n in a hotel in hong Kong for not less than 21 days.

Those who have been fullyvacci­nated are required to show their recognized vaccinatio­n record.

Apart from hong Kong, CEB also operates regular Bayanihan flights from Dubai to Manila to fly home overseas Filipino workers. The carrier has also reinstated its flights to Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo (Narita).

CEB has been rated 7/7 stars by airlinerat­ings.com for its Covid-19 compliance as it continues to implement a multi-layered approach to safety, in accordance with global aviation standards.

These include daily extensive cleaning and disinfecti­on protocols for all aircraft and facilities, antigen testing before duty for all frontliner­s and crew members, and contactles­s flight procedures. Its jet aircraft are equipped with hospital grade hepa air filters, keeping viruses at bay.

To date, CEB has vaccinated 95 percent of its flying crew and expects to complete employee inoculatio­n by October this year.

CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippine­s covering 31 destinatio­ns, on top of its 8 internatio­nal destinatio­ns. Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes 2 dedicated ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.

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