Cebu Pacific announces resumption of passenger flights amid GCQ

During the quarantine period, Cebu Pacific has kept operations of its all-cargo flights to facilitate the transport of food, medicines, and vital supplies across the country. Now, the airline and its regional brand Cebgo is announcing the resumption of its passenger flights on June 2, 2020. The announcement comes as Metro Manila and other provinces in the country transition into general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1, 2020.

However, the company clarified that it will still have a limited number of flights for the time being. “We will continue to work with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) as well as other national and local government authorities on the rules and requirements to resume commercial passenger flights between areas under GCQ,” it said on its announcement.

 

Restarting in phases

The following table shows the Cebu Pacific’s flight schedule from June 2 to 4, 2020:

Route

Flight Estimated Departure

Effective Date

Manila—General Santos

5J 995 11:35 a.m. June 2—4, 2020

General Santos—Manila

5J 996 2:20 p.m.

June 2—4, 2020

Manila—Naga DG 6111 12:10 p.m.

June 3—4, 2020

Naga—Manila

DG 6112 2:00 p.m. June 3—4, 2020
Manila—Cagayan de Oro 5J 395 1:00 p.m.

June 3—4, 2020

Cagayan de Oro—Manila

5J 396 3:25 p.m.

June 3—4, 2020

Manila—Cebu

5J 553 1:05 p.m.

June 3—4, 2020

Cebu—Manila

5J 554 3:35 p.m.

June 3—4, 2020

*Flight schedules from June 5 onwards will be provided soon.

 

Take note that all international flights are still suspended from June 1 to 30, 2020. In Manila, all flights will depart from and arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Cebu Pacific is building up its domestic flight network, depending on market demand, quarantine restrictions, and government regulations.

Leisure travel is still not allowed, as per government guidelines. Passengers must check guidelines from the IATF and with the local governments of their origin and destination for the required documents.

 

Contactless flights

Cebu Pacific had been rolling out guidelines for safe, contactless flights for passengers to know what to expect before their trips. Contactless flight guidelines include wearing face masks, doing online check-in, being at the airport at least 3 hours before flight schedule, doing counter closure an hour before a flight, having a maximum of one hand-carry per person, observing contactless boarding procedures, and observing physical distancing.

The company has also increased its safety measures, including extensive daily disinfection of aircraft, cleaning of airport passenger surfaces such as shuttle buses and bag drop counters, front-liners’ use of personal protective equipment, and rapid testing for cabin crew and pilots.

 

Flexible options

Cebu Pacific continues to offer flexible options for passengers affected by the flight cancellations from June 1 to 30, 2020. They may rebook their flight for travel within 3 months, place the full cost of the ticket in a Travel Fund valid for one year, or avail of a full refund. They may also use the ‘manage Booking’ portal in the Cebu Pacific website to avail of any of the options.

This is a developing situation and Cebu Pacific’s restart of operations may change as quarantine conditions condition evolve across the network. Flights may be reduced depending on passenger demand and travel restrictions.

 

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