Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), a low-cost airline in Philippines, is mulling flights to Doha according to ambassador Crescente Relacion. It is the second Philippine airline to announce plans to fly to Qatar after flag- carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL). Considered as the largest carrier in the country today, CEB is also one of the leading low-cost carriers in Asian region. The airline had earlier announced that it would start operating direct Manila-Dubai-Manila flights on 7th October this year. It will be the only Philippine airline to start direct flights to the UAE. Dubai will also be its first long-haul destination.
According to the press release issued by CEB, Manila-Dubai daily flights are scheduled at 4.40 pm while its Dubai-Manila flights will depart at 11.10 pm. At present the airline has 20 international destinations: Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore , Taipei and Xiamen. Besides Middle East, CEB also wants to fly to Australia, parts of Europe and the US.
According to Relacion , the interest of CEB to fly to Qatar is a welcome development and talks with Qatari Aviation authorities will produce positive results. PAL has already announced plans to fly daily to Doha starting 2nd November in a bid to expand its network in the Middle East. PAL is expected to operate Manila-Doha-Manila flights six times a week.