LEGAZPI CITY( 23-Mar-2013) – The Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is adding flights to this city and Naga City, the two prime destinations in Bicol, as it expects a huge influx of tourists and vacationers during this summer.
Legazpi City, which has earned international recognition as the “City of Fun and Adventure,” plays host to Albay province’s celebration of Daragang Magayon Festival that will run on the entire month of April while Naga City caters to pilgrimages and Holy Week visitations of devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicol.
“We are primed for summer peak in the Philippines with brand-new aircraft, additional flights and new services,” Candice Iyog, CEB vice-president for marketing and distribution, said in a statement received by the PNA here Friday.
Iyog said 73 percent of Holy Week passengers are traveling to domestic destinations this year, while 27 percent opt for international destinations, an increase of 24 percent from last year’s figure.
Apart from these two Bicol destinations, CEB has also scheduled additional flights to Hong Kong and Puerto Princesa during the Holy Week period to accommodate demand, she added.
“We expect to serve over 340,000 passengers during the Holy Week period. Traffic to leisure destinations such as Boracay, Coron and Dumaguete is high. Internationally, we expect high loads this Holy Week for Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau routes,” Iyog further said.
The airline will also increase the summer frequencies to Tagbilaran, Tacloban, Kalibo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Singapore and Bangkok.
The CEB has carried more than a million passengers for the months of April and May for the past two years.
It acquired two brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets last January and March. (PNA)