Cebu Pacific to increase Kuala Lumpur flights

by Coco Alcuaz, ABS-CBN News Channel

Posted at Jul 11 2011 06:38 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2011 02:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - John Gokongwei’s Cebu Pacific wants to increase flights to Malaysia to 14 a week -- twice a day -- from the current 10 per week, and it seems the Civil Aeronautics Board will grant its wish.

Cebu Pacific is requesting the right to fly an additional 720 passengers per week on top of its current 1,800, spokeswoman Candice Iyog said in a phone interview.

In a statement, the CAB said it will grant Cebu Pacific's request if no other carrier applies in the next 7 days.



Even if PAL wanted more flights, CAB could probably accommodate both it and Cebu Pacific. The board says it has an additional 1,260 passenger rights to assign this year, and the same number again next year, after the Philippines and Malaysia amended their air services agreement last month.

A Philippine Airlines spokesman said PAL and Malaysia Airlines, with whom it shares passenger rights via what's known as code-sharing, do not plan to increase request for more passenger rights.

The spokesman said PAL and Malaysia share their rights, equivalent to nine flights a week. All flights are flown by Malaysia, which PAL can sell tickets on.

Cebu Pacific is operated by Cebu Air Inc., a unit of Gokongwei’s JG Summit Holdings Inc.