Cebu Pacific to fly Manila-Osaka daily by Dec
MANILA, Philippines – Budget carrier Cebu Pacific will increase its Manila-Osaka flights to daily or 7-a-week from it previous 3-a-week following Japan's lifting of the ban preventing Philippine carriers from mounting additional flights.
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Vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said the airline owned by tycoon John Gokongwei Jr will start mounting 4 more direct flights a week to Osaka, the economic hub of the Kansai region, on December 20.
"We are proud to offer more low-fare, great-value flights to the Kansai region, as we continue with our commitment to boost tourism and trade between the Philippines and Japan," Iyog said.
Now on its 5th year of its Japan operations, the low-cost carrier plans to increase its capacity to Osaka using the Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing seat capacity by 133%.
Japan air talks
At the end of the Philippines-Japan Air Consultation Talks in Tokyo last September 13, the two countries sealed a confidential memorandum of understanding (CMOU), which allows the Philippines to mount additional flights to Japan.
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Included in the agreement were the increase in Manila-Narita flights to a total maximum of 400 per week, previously 119, and the inclusion of 14 weekly Manila-Haneda flights.
The air talks also opened up unlimited air trafffic rights between points in the Philippines and Japan, excluding Manila and Haneda, respectively.
“The recently concluded air talks were very successful and will definitely pave the way for more direct linkages between the two countries. With more flights to the Philippines, we believe Japan can rival South Korea when it comes to foreign tourist arrivals,” Iyog noted.
More flights to Japan cities
Cebu Pacific applied with the Civil Aeronautics Board to fly from Manila and Cebu to 9 major Japan cities starting February 2014:
Via Ninoy Aquino International Airport
- Haneda and Narita - 7 times a week, starting Feb 2014
- Fukuoka - April 2014
- Okinawa - May 2014
- Nagoya - June 2014
- Hiroshima and Sapporo - October 2014
Via Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Narita and Kansai - October 2014
- Nagoyo - December 2014