Cebu Air Inc., the operator of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo, is adding 10 aircraft to its fleet in 2019 for new international routes.
“Next year, we’re adding 10 aircraft. So, we’re gonna start the new areas. I think, there’s going to be large opportunities to connect the secondary cities in China outside the Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai,” said Cebu Pacific president and chief executive Lance Gokongwei.
Gokongwei said the airline planned to fly to Chengdu and Xi An in China.
Data from the Tourism Department showed the number of Chinese arrivals to the Philippines in 2017 rose 43 per cent to 968,447.
Cebu Pacific earlier said it was on track to meet the target of 22 million passengers this year on strong domestic economy.
“I think the Philippine economy continues to remain very vibrant with increasing income. Likewise, increasing interest from foreign tourists to visit the sites of the Philippines,” Gokongwei said.
“Even with closure of Boracay we’re seeing tremendous growth in tourism, double-digit so you can imagine the increase when it reopens,” he added.