CEB starts operations at new Puerto Princesa International Airport


By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

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.