MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific is set to mount daily flights to Osaka, Japan, starting in December.
"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. This is great news on Cebu Pacific’s 5th year of operations in Japan,” Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of Cebu Pacific, said.
Cebu Pacific will be mounting additional four weekly flights to Osaka using the Airbus A320 aircraft, which means a 133% increase in seat capacity.
Iyog said the airline is hopeful it can expand operations to other key cities in Japan, after the Philippines-Japan Air Consultation Talks last month. Japan had lifted the ban preventing airlines from the Philippines from mounting additional flights to Japan.
“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 said.
Cebu Pacific has applied for flights to nine major cities in Japan via Manila and Cebu starting February 2014. The airline is looking to fly to Haneda seven times a week and Narita via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting February.
The airline is planning to start flights to Fukuoka in April, Okinawa in May, Nagoya in June. In October, Cebu Pacific is planning to fly to Hiroshima and Sapporo via NAIA and Narita and Kansai via Cebu. It also hopes to fly to Nagoya via Cebu by December next year.