Cebu Pacific to keep zero fuel surcharge

BusinessWorld

Posted at Jan 29 2011 08:26 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2011 04:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Budget-carrier Cebu Pacific said on Friday that it will be maintaining zero fuel surcharges and will be offering 50% fare discount to any international destination from Jan. 29 to 31 or until seats last.

In a press statement, the company said that the seat sale will be for travel from April 1 to May 31 to any of its 16 international destinations.

"These destinations are Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, Taipei in Taiwan, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, Brunei, Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Seoul in South Korea, Jakarta in Indonesia, Busan in South Korea and Osaka in Japan," the firm said.

Candice A. Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s vice-president for marketing and distribution, said in the same statement that the company targets to stimulate even more travel with the 120,000 seats through the fare discount.

"By maintaining zero fuel surcharges, passengers can easily compare airfare with other airlines. We hope this continues to support the growth of tourism, trade and international travel," she said.

"The airline remains committed to offering the public the most affordable fares, coupled with a brand-new aircraft fleet," she said.

Early this month, the company said that it will be spending $1 billion in the next four years for the acquisition of 19 Airbus aircraft for international and domestic expansion, as well as the hiring of 2,000 more employees.

The carrier acquired three Airbus 320s in the past three months, and will get five this year. The Gokongwei-led airline will get 16 more Airbus planes from 2012 to 2014.

Cebu Pacific operates more than 260 flights daily to 16 international and 33 domestic destinations from four hubs -- Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao.