Airline company Cebu Pacific (CEB) will start evening flights to and from Caticlan, the gateway to tourism spot Boracay Island, starting July 1, 2017.
CEB is the first carrier to mount night flights and utilize the upgraded air traffic control system and newly-installed night navigational equipment at the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport.
Following technical reviews and consultations on its night operation capability, the mounting of night operations at the Caticlan Airport was given the go-signal by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Department of Transportation, and other relevant aviation authorities.
Atty. JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Cebu Pacific, said: “We thank CAAP for continually leading the scale-up of our airports to night-flying capability. We believe that expansion of operating times will not only boost frequencies to key domestic routes, but it will also give travelers more options, greater flexibility on when they fly and also help decongest air traffic, especially during the peak flying hours at noon and early afternoon.”
“The mounting of evening flights to and from Boracay was a long-standing request of tourism stakeholders. We take pride in being able to deliver this need to everyJuan. More frequency will also mean more passengers being able to avail of our lowest year-round fares,” Atty. Mantaring added.
CEB will be mounting two additional round-trip flights daily between Manila and Caticlan; with the last flight leaving Manila at 6:55 p.m. and returning from Caticlan at 8:45 p.m.
The new flights will utilize the ATR aircraft under subsidiary Cebgo. Currently, the last flight from Manila to Caticlan leaves at 3:30 p.m.; with the return flight at 5:10 p.m.
Prior to Caticlan, Cebu Pacific had mounted night flights to and from the Laguindingan Airport (Cagayan de Oro) in Misamis Oriental, the Roxas City Airport in Capiz, and the Legazpi International Airport in Albay as soon as these were approved by aviation authorities for night capability.