Philippine-based budget airline Cebu Pacific looks to launching flights to India and Russia from Manila. They are also looking to launch flights to more cities and places in Australia and China from Cebu using the Airbus A321NEO-XLR when they start taking delivery of the aircraft in 2024. "India is not right at the forefront of our mind at the minute but come 2024, I think it will be interesting for us," Szücs said on CAPA TV.
No exact details of the new routes have been revealed but with the arrival of the A321XLR, direct flights from Manila to India and Australia utilizing narrow-body aircraft are very possible.
Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Advisor Mike Szucs clarified that given the lack of flights between Russia and India from Manila, the airline plans to launch routes to those countries.
The airline also looks into serving the Cebu - Australia routes utilizing the A321NEO-XLR. While Cebu Pacific currently flies to Sydney and Melbourne from Manila, the Cebu - Australia route remains untapped, even by Philippine Airlines.
Another interesting market opportunity as mentioned by Szucs are secondary and tertiary Chinese airports. "China is developing a lot of airfields. These secondary and tertiary airports in China will be big places so I think those will be great for inbound tourism particularly from somewhere like Cebu," Szücs said in a report from ch-aviation.com.
During the 2019 Paris Air Show, Cebu Pacific placed an additional order of 31 Airbus NEO aircraft which include 16 Airbus A330-900NEO, 10 Airbus A321XLR, and 5 Airbus A320NEO. These are on top the pending deliveries of 28 more Airbus A321NEO, and 3 Airbus A320NEO. When all aircraft are delivered, Cebu Pacific will be operating an almost all Airbus NEO jet fleet, sans 7 Airbus A321-200CEO.