CEB starts oper­a­tions at new Puerto Princesa In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Manila Bulletin - - Shipping Bulletin - By EMMIE V. ABADILLA

Cebu Pa­cific (CEB) has started op­er­at­ing at the new Puerto Princesa In­ter­na­tional Air­port with a widened run­way for wide-bod­ied air­craft and a ter­mi­nal which can ac­com­mo­date over 1,000 pas­sen­gers.

Cebu Pa­cific is the largest car­rier op­er­at­ing in and out of Puerto Princesa, with a to­tal of 550 flights to and from the cap­i­tal of Palawan weekly via three of its ma­jor hubs: Manila, Cebu and Iloilo.

Last year, CEB flew the most num­ber of pas­sen­gers to and from Puerto Princesa, gar­ner­ing over 50% of the to­tal mar­ket share.

Now, CEB will in­crease the ca­pac­ity of its flights to and from the city, up­grad­ing from the 180-seater Air­bus A320 to the Air­bus A321 neos ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 230.

“Open­ing the new­est world-class air­port in Puerto Princesa will boost trade and tourism in the Palawan re­gion,” says Atty. JR Man­tar­ing, CEB Vice Pres­i­dent for Cor­po­rate Af­fairs.

“The new air­port can han­dle in­ter­na­tional flights, mak­ing Puerto Princesa at­trac­tive for di­rect con­nec­tions to and from key for­eign tourist mar­kets. And by of­fer­ing more seats, CEB can pro­vide even lower fares,” he added.

Palawan, listed as among the world’s best is­lands by the Conde Nast travel mag­a­zine, is home to white-sand beaches and Sa­bang’s Un­der­ground River.

Aside from Manila, Cebu and Iloilo, CEB also op­er­ates flights out of three hubs in the Philip­pines: Clark, Davao and Kalibo. Its net­work cov­ers over 100 routes and 66 des­ti­na­tions, span­ning Asia, Aus­tralia, the Mid­dle East, and USA.

The air­line’s 59-strong fleet is com­prised of four Air­bus A319, 36 Air­bus A320, seven Air­bus A330, eight ATR 72500 air­craft and four ATR 72-600.

Be­tween 2017 and 2021, CEB ex­pects de­liv­ery of one more brand-new Air­bus A330, 32 Air­bus A321­neo, and 12 ATR 72-600 air­craft.

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