Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Thursday said it plans to expand operations in China, after a 30-percent growth in mainland China passengers in the third quarter of the year.
“China is the next growth area for CEB. We already serve Northern and Southern China with our current routes, but additional connectivity between our two countries will only benefit tourism and trade,” Candice Iyog, CEB vice president for Marketing and Distribution, said.
“The Philippines is the nearest tropical destination to China, and this is evident in the influx of tourists to Boracay and some of our top beach getaways. There are also a lot of enterprises in the Philippines that source out their materials in China. There is a lot of potential for growth, as we take delivery of more planes,” she added.
The airline already announced plans to increase flights to Beijing, after its first year of operations last September 5. Manila-Beijing-Manila flights will be a four times weekly service starting January 7, 2012 to cope with demand.
The airline currently flies thrice weekly to Beijing and Guangzhou, and daily to Shanghai. Its Greater China operations extend to daily flights from Manila to Taipei, up to six daily flights to Hong Kong from Manila, Clark and Cebu, and 11 weekly flights to Macau from Manila and Clark.