Cebu Pacific is resuming flights to a number of international destinations after over four months of halted operations. Those will be in addition to the budget airlines’ resumed flights in two international routes—Dubai and Incheon in South Korea.
Starting August 1, 2020, Cebu Pacific will fly twice weekly from Tokyo (Narita) to Manila—Wednesday and Saturday. On August 6, it will fly twice weekly between Manila and Singapore—Thursday and Saturday. On the same day, it will fly from Incheon (Seoul) to Manila every Thursday (resumed flights in July are one way—Manila to Incheon).
Flights between Taipei and Manila will resume on August 7 and will then be scheduled twice weekly—Wednesday and Friday. On the same day, one-way flights to Manila from Osaka (Kansai) will begin.
“We are taking a conservative and agile approach to rebuild our international network,” said Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog. “While demand remains soft, there is latent demand for travel, particularly from stranded individuals and those who are eager to come home to visit their families.”
Travel regulations issued by the governments of the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan will be implemented as necessary. These include a requirement to secure a negative RT-PCR test prior to departure, mandatory Covid screening or tests, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
“We have taken extra precautions and assure travelers that preventive measures are in place so we can start rebuilding the trust and confidence in air travel,” added Iyog. The carrier is observing global safety standards. Layers of bio-security measures begin upon check-in for an online flight. Contactless flight procedures are implemented using scanners and physical distancing, to minimize physical contact of passengers among each other and with personnel.
From ground facilities to the aircraft, Cebu Pacific makes sure cleaning and disinfection protocols are observed. Each aircraft undergoes extensive daily disinfection before, during, and after each flight. All jet aircraft are equipped with High-Efficiency Particular Arrestor (HEPA) filters similar to those in hospital operating rooms. These trap all contaminants in the air, including the new coronavirus, with 99.99% efficiency.