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Cebu Pacific Moves to New Bicol International Airport; Announces Simplified Travel Restrictions

Cebu pacific will transfer their operations to the new Bicol International Airport from October 8, 2021. The carrier has also announced simplified travel requirements for service to Cebu, Pagadian, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Tacloban and Butuan.

Cebu Pacific Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Airbus

On Thursday (October 7, 2021), Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced that they will transfer their operations to the new Bicol International Airport effective Friday, October 8, 2021. The new airport will be inaugurated today, replacing the existing Legazpi Domestic Airport, and will have the capacity to handle up to two million passengers annually. CEB has provided service to and from Legazpi since 2006, and has flown around 4.5 million passengers over the last 15 years. Cebu Pacific currently offers 11 weekly flights between Manila and Legazpi, and prior to the pandemic, the carrier offered five daily flights on the route, in addition to daily return service from Cebu.

In Thursday’s announcement, Cebu Pacific’s Chief Commercial Officer, Xander Lao, said,

“We have consistently maintained our presence at the Bicol region and we remain committed to continue supporting its growth. The new airport is a welcome development as this will enable us to increase passenger and cargo flights once demand picks up, and we will consequently contribute to the region’s economic recovery.” In a previous announcement on Wednesday (October 6, 2021), CEB announced a simplification of travel requirements to six destinations including Cebu, Pagadian, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Tacloban and Butuan. These destinations will no longer require a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen text result.

Customers traveling to Cebu Province will be required to present a medical certificate stating that they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 which has been issued within 24 hours of arrival in Cebu. Travelers to Pagadian City must present a valid government issued ID, which includes a Pagadian City address (transiting passengers are exempt from this requirement). The other four cities will accept vaccination cards of fully-vaccinated travelers as an entry requirement, providing the second dose was completed at least 14 days prior to arrival. Additional travel requirements are shown below.

Additional Travel Requirements for Travel to Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Tacloban and Butuan - Courtesy CEB

Currently, Cebu Pacific offers service to 32 domestic and eight international destinations. The airline has received a 7/7 star rating from for their multi-layered COVID-19 health and safety protocols including contactless procedures, thorough cleaning and disinfection, mandatory masks and face shields and mandatory Antigen testing for frontline team members. All Cebu Pacific aircraft are also fitted with hospital-grade HEPA filters which remove 99.99% of airborne particulates, including virus clusters. Cebu Pacific operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 73 aircraft, including two dedicated ATR freighters and one Airbus A330 freighter.

Source: Cebu Pacific

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