Cebu Pacific flies to Dubai starting Oct.


Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has chosen Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the first destination for its long-haul operations out of Manila, with flights starting Oct. 7 this year.

Cebu Pacific Long-Haul Division General Manager Alex Reyes announced on Thursday that Dubai would be the first of many planned destinations for the airline in the Middle East, a region that hosts one of the world’s largest concentrations of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

Once the daily service begins later this year, Cebu Pacific will be the only local airline with a direct flight to anywhere in the Middle East.

“With Cebu Pacific’s direct service to Dubai, Filipinos overseas can look forward to going home more often. Their relatives and friends can also visit them in Dubai more often,” Reyes said in the briefing.

Reyes said of the three million Filipinos in the Middle East, 700,000 are in the United Arab Emirates.

He said Dubai was also the busiest long-haul market for airlines, local or foreign, operating out of the Philippines.

Traffic between Dubai and Manila is 75 percent heavier than the second-biggest long-haul market for the Philippines, the route between Manila and Los Angeles.

“Dubai is a tremendously underserved market and it is the perfect entry point for Cebu Pacific’s long-haul operations,” Reyes said.

Apart from Dubai, Reyes said the company was looking at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as another possible destination in the Middle East.

The airline plans to use Airbus A330-300 planes for its long-haul services. With a single-class configuration, the planes will be able to carry over 400 passengers each, Cebu Pacific said.

Cebu Pacific said it may lease as many as eight Airbus A330s, which will give the company the ability to fly to destinations in Europe, Australia, and North America. Two of these planes are set to arrive this year.

Cebu Pacific currently operates a fleet of 41 planes, made up of 10 Airbus A319s, 23 Airbus A320s, and eight ATR 72-500 turboprop planes.

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  • ninerkiddo

    Yeah… and they will SELL Cup Noodles on their Flight… LOL

    We do not mind the Dancing Cabin Crew – Wearing Polo Shirts
    Jollibee – Flight Meals.
    Their pa-Contest sa mga flights nila.
    Oh, another FOCUS is the DELAYED Flights.
    Arrogant Ground Staff
    Plus – Unwanted over baggage charges.

    That’s –  Cebu Pacific HOSPITALITY.

    • efriend

      Freedom of choice.  If you are not happy, nobody is forcing you to take Cebu Pacific. Try Emirates.  Just survive the smell inside Emirates if you know what I mean.

      • ninerkiddo

        Haha! Your obviously NOT a frequent a flyer…your ignorance with your racist tone comment proves it.

        Emirates is one of the Worlds most successful airline; having the best of the best planes ( Boeing ‘Dreamliner 787’s & Airbus 380’s’ etc.) money can buy…beat that.

        The best of the best Training for Pilots, Cabin Crew’s and ground staff… not to mention The BEST airports in the world.

        Smell? This is a misconception about Middle Eastern airlines… even Qatar Airlines, Gulf Air, Etihad which are ALL 5 Star Airlines do not have bad smell as some idiots think.

      • efriend

        I have been to several places around the world – more places that you’ve been to.  Obviously, you have NOT tasted and smelled GLUHWEIN while at Hotel Adlon during the holidays! 

        Do you know why the flight attendants’ uniform of Emirates have easy cover for their noses? Go figure. Check your nostrils. There is nothing racist for comments on their smell. It’s factual.

        Again, nobody is forcing you to take Cebu Pacific in the same way as nobody can force me to love (or smell) your Middle Eastern airlines.
        You are free to comment on Cebu Pacific. I am free to comment on Middle Eastern airlines too. That doesn’t make me an idiot but one thing is sure, my nostrils are as free as me.

      • ninerkiddo

        “Do you know why the flight attendants’ uniform of Emirates have easy cover for their noses? Go figure. Check your nostrils.” – This is PERFECT IGNORANCE.
        Emirates Airlines Cabin Crew outfit with veil on their face is only used while on the ground you moron. They remove this veil on flight when the inflight job starts. It has nothing to do with smell like what ignorant, racial slur you insinuate.

        You been to “SEVERAL places” (according to you) around the world and it makes you an expert on airline industry or smell industry? Hahaha.

        I am a well travelled ‘dickhead’… definitely have been to more places than you do.

      • efriend

        Apparently, some people can’t take sarcasm and resort to idiocy for lack of valid points. Don’t you ever educate me on that veil. I know it even before you learn that some Singapore Airlines flight attendants wear girdles. LOL.

        I don’t care about your frequent flier miles. It won’t even give you an upgrade at Star Alliance. LOL

        Oh wait, I am late for my flight to Gatwick. I have to see my friend in Oxford. Ciao.

      • GaggerAlert

        You’re discussions are pretty entertaining.

        It started from choosing from a budget airline from an airline that has a stench in the Cabin.

        And now you guys are bragging who got to go in most places and Star Alliance and Frequent miles.

        Hahahaha! Keep it up. :) pataasan pa ng ihi. 

        May I interest you guys in a private jet? Nakatiwangwang lang kasi sa garahe. Taas na nga ng mileage e. 

        That’s the internet for you. 

      • ninerkiddo

        You been to “SEVERAL places” (according to you) around the world and it makes you an expert on airline industry or smell industry? Hahaha.
        ABOVE has sez’ it ALL…LOL

        He has been to SEVERAL places (According to him…) and brag about Gatwick or Oxford with an Italian (hilaw na…) CIAO.

        Now that’s ‘effin’ PATHETIC.

      • efriend

        You just got a dose of your own medicine in case you don’t know it yet.

      • ninerkiddo

        LOL… I can see a RED Face all over.

        A definite –  ‘dose of his own medicine’.

        Braggadocio don’t work man… Smarts does.

      • jun

        ayusin mo muna apostrophe “s” mo

      • ninerkiddo

        Haha, naubusan na siya ng valid points niya; nagpalit ng handle tapos pinansin na yun mga petty mistakes…

        Now yan talaga ang ‘Dose of his own medicine’… napala mo,  NAUUNA kasi ang yabang mo.

    • Twister12

      Well for people whose in budget why complain. If somebody want luxury this is not your cup of tea.

  • Jean Claude

    great! cheaper flights. ang mahal kasi ng emirates.. 

    • Joseph

      Cheaper flights at the cost of leg room, inflight entertainment, and food. Flying CEB is not for everyone, but it does give passengers a choice which is the most important thing.

      • efriend


  • Danyale

    This is a welcome news for us ofws dito sa ME, pero ang tanong..???Does CebuPac can match EK’s highly subsidized operating expenses, esp. jet fuel by the emirate of DxB? Baka in the long run susuko siya sa operating expenses, see what happened with PAL, nag code-sharing na lang siya with EK between MnL~DxB, dati it flies Jed/RUH with layover sa DxB.  Hindi lang yan, matindi ang airline competition dito sa ME, nandiyan ang QR, GF, EY, SV, KU, these airlines are highly subsidized too by their respective countries at kasama pa diyan ang SQ, CX, MH, BR, CZ these air lines flies to manila, while QR & SQ or CX, their pax can opt to fly direct to cebu…….so welcome to the club 5J (IATA code for cebu pac), we wish you success.

    • Joseph

      EK does not get highly subsidized OPEX. EK is just really well managed and is able to effectively use it’s location in the world as an airline hub (the same way SQ started). The rumors that EK is highly subsidized was done by BA/Air France because they lost a lot of customers to them! Hahaha

      • Andres Bonifacio

        So you mean their fuel is not subsidized? Oh common!

      • efriend

        Emirates is heavily subsidized by its government no different from Singapore Airlines. 

  • julieboy

    Wishful thinking to fly to europe and america unless CAAP is upgraded to Category 1So far nothing has happened,the Philippines is banned from entering european airspace,and cannot fly more than the existing rights to the U.S.Lets hope and pray CAAP gets the nod of ICAO and brings back the country to Category 1.

    • efriend

      Not really wishful. They know their trade better than you do. There are loopholes while waiting for Cat 1 upgrade.  It’s called wet lease.

      • julieboy

        Correct wet lease is an option but hopefully we can get Cat.1 so it gives the country some prestige on the countries ability to manage and supervise the aviation industry.

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