Cebu Pacific wants to start flying to Europe


Cebu Pacific Air is seeking to mount flights to Europe as part of its long-haul strategy and it intends to make a  presentation to the European Union in November.

However, a government official said the airline would need to pass first a full assessment by the country’s air safety regulator before it could proceed with its plan.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director General John Andrews said the regulator would specifically revisit the airline’s pilot training policies—an area that CAAP sought to strengthen after the airline’s landing mishap at the Davao International Airport last June.

“Cebu Pacific is still compliant but the full assessment has yet to be done. We have to finish it by the end of October,” Andrews said in a recent interview.

“Only then can we say to the EU people that Cebu Pacific is ready,” Andrews said. He added that EU inspectors would also make their own assessment on the airline.

In July,  the European Union Air Safety Committee removed the Philippines from the list of airlines that were banned from flying into areas within the 28-member bloc after the country implemented safety reforms.

However, only flag carrier Philippine Airlines was allowed to fly to Europe as Cebu Pacific withdrew its application.

Andrews at the time noted that the Davao incident, during which Cebu Pacific’s plane skidded off the runway, closing down the airport for two day, prompted the budget carrier to withdraw. None of the passengers were hurt in the accident, which was later revealed to be caused by pilot error.

The EU Air Safety Committee convenes twice a year. The second meeting will be held in November, when Cebu Pacific plans to make its case to mount flights to Europe, Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said early this month.

“As soon as we have all the documents in, we can (complete the assessment),” Andrews said.

Gokongwei earlier said he believed that Cebu Pacific was already compliant with the required air safety standards.

Gokongwei, who is also the president of the airline’s owner, JG Summit Holdings Inc., said Cebu Pacific had beefed up its pilot training program and enlisted experts from plane maker Airbus SAS to review its flight operations systems.

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  • Mikkideez

    All this jibberish about Cebu Pacific being this and that. It is what it is…an LCC…a low cost carrier. First of all, regardless of what you may read in the news, Cebu Pacific is one of the safest carrier in the country. The CAAP deputy director general JA has a personally vendetta with carrier (he got booted out of 5J years back, so it’s payback time)….very unprofessional if you ask me.

    Now just a couple of tips for you guys who want to get the best out of your trip with Cebu Pacific: Plan, plan and plan. Do not have this “customer is always right” mentality because it just falls short of being ignorant in the aviation industry.
    Know that in an LCC, getting low prices is dependent on when you book a flight. Look for promos everyday and there will be bound to be a price that fits your budget. Flying low cost is also dependent on whether you check-in a baggage or not (yes it costs money to check-in a luggage because it is added weight to the plane which translates to a bigger fuel burn). Don’t want to buy food on board coz it’s expensive, well you don’t have to. Just buy something in the airport and bring it on board to eat…problem solved.
    If you book connecting flights, allow at least 2-3 hours between flights. This allows for possible delays on your first flight that your connecting is not affected. Delays are an inevitable part of aviation, so don’t burst a blood vessel over it. Most of the time it’s not because of the airline but more on weather and air traffic control issues.
    Lastly, be ON TIME as a passenger. Set your time based on atomic time. You’ll discover that your analog watch can be very inaccurate. Counters will close 45 mins before departure time. Standby passengers are only accommodated after this 45 mins. So don’t be late. Be aware as well that you should be at the gate area 30 mins before scheduled departure. 15 mins before the departure, gates will be closed…so if you are even 30 sec late to the gate, sorry but you’ve just wasted your money. Do not blame the traffic in Manila…you knew that. PLAN PLAN AND PLAN.
    PS….could you guys please read the fine print on your confirmation/e-ticket to know what your rights are, and don’t make up your own. Do not compare Low cost carriers with Legacy carriers coz they are different. Do a little research on the internet to be enlightened. Just my $.02.

  • Roland_F

    Cebu Pacific is also not connected within IATA (international group of airlines) – so baggage can’t be checked through, might be also because C.P. allows only 15kg compared to international standard of 20kg.

    So when I arrived in Hong Kong I had to immigrate, pick up my baggage, go through custom , carry it to the departure terminal, check in at another airline, immigrate out …. what a hassle. Better pay a little more and fly with another airline (Cathay, Thai …) for connecting flights to Europe.

  • CheckyourGrammar

    First and last time we flew Cebu Pacific was in Boracay a few years back. On our flight back to Manila our seats were given up to wait listed passengers as we came not too early but neither late. We were told we should have been there earlier but we argued our seat should not have been given up that early. Bought new tickets on another airline. Never got my money back. I live in Europe, and if they intend to fly here, they should learn first the customer is always right policy. Tama nga sinabi ng iba, dito pa sila magkakalat. Nakakahiya!

  • jerry

    Eksena sa Cebu Pacific boarding!

    Attendant: Welcome
    aboard Cebu Pacific. May I see your boarding pass?

    Passenger: Sure.

    Attendant: You’re in
    seat 12B. That will be 25pesos, please!

    Passenger: What for?

    Attendant: For telling
    you where to sit.

    Passenger: But I
    already knew where to sit.

    Nevertheless, we are now charging a seat locator fee of 25pesos. It’s the
    airline’s new policy.

    Passenger: That’s the
    craziest thing I ever heard. I won’t pay it.

    Attendant: Sir, do you
    want a seat on this flight, or not?

    Passenger: Yes, yes.
    All right, I’ll pay. But the airline is going to hear about this. I will file a

    Attendant: Thank you.
    My goodness, your carry-on bag looks heavy. Would you like me to stow it in the
    overhead compartment for you?

    Passenger: Okay, here
    is my bag, thanks.

    Attendant: No problem.
    Up we go, and done! That will be 50pesos, please.

    Passenger: What?

    Attendant: The airline
    now charges a 50pesos carry-on assistance fee.

    Passenger: This is
    extortion. I won’t stand for it.

    Attendant: Actually,
    you’re right, you can’t stand. You need to sit, and fasten your seat belt.
    We’re about to push back from the gate. But, first I need that 75pesos.

    Passenger: No way!

    Attendant: Sir, if you
    don’t comply, I will be forced to call the air marshal. And you really don’t
    want me to do that.

    Passenger: Why not? Is
    he going to shoot me?

    Attendant: No, but there’s
    a 100pesos air-marshal hailing fee.

    Passenger: Oh, all
    right, here, take the 75pesos. I can’t believe this.

    Attendant: Thank you
    for your cooperation, sir. Is there anything else I can do for you?

    Passenger: Yes. It’s
    stuffy in here, and my overhead fan doesn’t seem to work. Can you fix it?

    Attendant: Your
    overhead fan is not broken, sir. Just insert five 10-peso coins into the
    overhead coin slot for the first five minutes.

    Passenger: The airline
    is charging me for cabin air?

    Attendant: Of course
    not, sir. Stagnant cabin air is provided free of charge. It’s the circulating
    air that costs 50pesos.

    Passenger: I don’t
    have any 10-peso coins. Can you make change for 100 pesos?

    Attendant: Certainly,
    sir! Here you go!

    Passenger: But you’ve
    given me only nine 10-peso coins for my 100.

    Attendant: Yes,
    there’s a change-making fee of 10pesos.

    Crying out loud…. 50 pesos for circulating air, 10 pesos charge for changing
    my 100 pesos. All I have left is three 10-peso coins? What the heck can I do
    with this?

    Attendant: Hang onto
    it. You’ll need it later for the lavatory!

  • Prouder than ever 2B Filipino

    dyoskoh baka dun pa kayo magkalat…kakahiya! please wag naman. extremely obnoxious customer service. masisira ang pinas sa inyo! this is not for amateurs!

    ang kapal!

  • Bulagas

    GREAT… Cebu Pac wants to bring their garbage to Europe…. even better image for Filipinos there hahahaha

  • Kronos2

    Forget flying with this airline. When flights in Bangkok International Airport were suspended/cancelled due to some crisis (demonstrations or weather-related), Cebu Pacific can’t even address in giving reliable information to its stranded passengers and have no assistance whatsoever. I wonder how their passengers in Europe will be treated when blizzard comes.

  • Roland_F

    First harassing all European airlines out of the own country with high terminal fees for the rotten NAIA-T1 (PAL got free into the new T2) , then extra taxes and surcharges and landing fees are slashed only on foreign airlines.
    So that German Lufthansa, British Airways, Swissair, and Dutch KLM/Airfrance were giving up their operation in the R of P ……… and then local airlines use the liberty of European airports to take over those routes a few years later.

    On the one hand direct flights are a benefit — on the other hand I find this quite unfair and parasitic business practice.

    • FederalAgent

      those EU airlines stopped flying to the PH because the PH is still considered a low-yielding destination with a generally O/D and VFR traffic… plus the fact that they can’t compete with the one-stop options provided by the Middle East carriers…

  • graveh

    graveh kalokuh ha. flights niyo nga papuntang cebu hindi niyo maayos ayos. fly pa kayo sa europa. eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww

  • Beersheva

    I’m glad that CebuPac is not limiting its lousy service to Filipinos.

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