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Cebu Pacific keen to expand in Australia

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 5, 2014

Cebu Pacific A330-300s are coming to Sydney. (Cebu Pacific)
Cebu Pacific’s 436 seat A330-300s are coming to Sydney. (Cebu Pacific)

Low-cost airline Cebu Pacific Air hopes to be able to expand in the Australian market once the cap on available capacity between Australia and the Philippines is lifted.

The budget airline is scheduled to start flying between Manila and Sydney from September with four flights a week on Airbus A330-300 aircraft configured with 436 all-economy class seats.

A fifth weekly service starts in December, and Cebu Pacific general manager for long-haul Alex Reyes says the airline will eventually go daily on the route.

However, further expansion to Sydney or other the other three major Australian ports – Perth, Brisbane or Melbourne – are on hold as Philippine carriers have used up all available 6,000 available seats per week into those four gateways.

Reyes said the Philippine government supported a lifting of the cap and initial efforts looked promising.


“It’s been received favourably,” Reyes said on Tuesday.

“Right now it is a matter of being able to schedule the air panels of both sides.”

Reyes noted that while the Philippines-Australia air services agreement had just 6,000 seats, the figure was about 38,000 for Malaysia and more than 28,000 for Thailand.

The Philippines was also currently negotiating new air services agreements with a number of other countries, he said.

Reyes said there has been a very strong response from travellers, particularly Australians wanting to visit the Philippines.

“Based on what we have seen in the initial bookings, yes there is a lot of unmet demand that is there,” Reyes said.

“What we always say is if we enter a market and all we do is take marketshare away from incumbents, then we should not be in that market.

“We are all about stimulating new traffic flows.”

Cebu Pacific currently flies four A330s, with one more due to arrive in August and another in the first three months of 2015.

Despite the eye-wateringly high seat count of 436 on the A330, Reyes said passenger feedback had so far been positive.

The aircraft is equipped with wifi internet on board, and the airline is trialling inflight entertainment delivered via wifi to personal devices.

Philippine Airlines and Qantas are the other two competitors on the Sydney-Manila route.

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Comments (8)

  • Bryce


    I do hope they investigate the option of australia – mactan int direct flights in the future

  • Denis Doyle


    Hi Cebu Pacific ,yes there is a lot of aussies waiting for this .It will generate great interest from australia as well as the philippine people.I for one love the phills and looking forward to my next trip to Dumaguete and Cebu.There is a big population of filipinos living and visiting australia .Good to see the relaxation of required visa’s now good for thirty days without a visa. I would like to see your flight itinery incorporate Cairns aust .as a destination each way from Sydney, mabe in future .Good hunting in your quest please make recipicol arrangements exiting Manila.
    Regards Denis D Doyle

  • John


    AVV & OOL have no restrictions(traffic rights).

    OOL seems to he worked for Air Asia X & Scoot + AVV much closer to MEL than OOL is to BNE.

  • John


    if you look at the seat pitch it’s actually greater than many other airlines including JQ !!!!

    Clever design of (space saving) galleys & toilets.

  • Keigo Namba


    I truly hope Cebu Airline will consider fly from Avalon Airport to Philippines. Because Avalon airport has the capacity for budget carrier as there is no competition from other airlines as only Jetstar fly to Sydney from Avalon.
    It will be good for Cebu Airline to fly from Avalon as there are many Philippines people are living in Geelong and Werribee regions.



    Having recently purchased a home in the Philippines and also living in Tweed Heads, very close to OOL it would save me going via KUL or SIN if they chose OOL.

  • Noel Shone


    Will Cebu Pacific be flying direct to Davao. Singapore Airlines do so why cant a philippine airline

  • Don


    Hi Denis,

    Did you say that Filipinos can visit Australia for 30 days without needing a visa ?

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