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Cebu Pacific returns to pre-COVID Australian capacity

written by Jake Nelson | September 27, 2023

Cebu Pacific is operating the A330neo into Australia. (Image: Airbus)

Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific will return to full pre-COVID capacity in Australia from October.

The airline will fly five times weekly from Manila into Sydney, up from three, and three times weekly into Melbourne, up from two. In addition, it is now flying the A330neo on its Australian services, increasing capacity by five per cent over the A330-300.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Carmina Romero told an event in Sydney celebrating the airline’s ninth anniversary of flying into Australia that the carrier is the leading airline in the Philippines, bolstered by the addition of the A330neo in 2021.

“The A330neo has 459 seats, and those are ergonomic seats to make flying more comfortable,” she said.

“It has built-in charging ports, so you can charge up your gadgets or mobile phones and it won’t be a hassle for that nine hours of flight.


“From Manila, you can connect to 29 domestic destinations at a very short connection time of about two hours. We also offer the best value for money for our travellers. As the country’s leading low cost carrier, we offer affordable fares for Australian flights, so easily we are about 40 per cent cheaper versus our competition.”

Cebu Pacific relaunched its Sydney-Manila service last year and its Melbourne service in March, following the pandemic. It expects to continue to increase its frequency on both routes over time.

“We are extremely pleased to be expanding our Sydney service, providing greater opportunity for travellers to visit the Philippines and experience some of the most picturesque destinations on earth across our 7000-island archipelago,” said Romero in a press release.

The airline, launched in 1996, commenced Sydney flights in 2014, followed by Melbourne flights four years later.

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