MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific is looking at expanding its Cebu hub, as the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport expansion project gets underway.
Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Jorenz Tanada said Mactan Cebu is a very important hub for the airline, which started operations there in 1996.
"We are reviewing our network plans out of Cebu and we look forward to offering Cebu Pacific's low fares to even more travellers... We are always looking for opportunities for growth. Reviewing our network plans in Cebu includes the possibility of mounting more flights," he said.
At present, Cebu Pacific operates 27 routes from Cebu to domestic and international destinations.
In the first half of 2014, Cebu Pacific flew 1.9 million passengers from its Cebu hub, a 15 percent jump from a year ago. In 2013, the budget airline flew 3.3 million passenger from its Cebu hub.
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion project is being undertaken by the tandem of Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure.
This is the Philippines' first airport public private partnership (PPP) project, which is aimed at increasing the annual passenger capacity of the airport to 8 million from the current 4.5 million.