Cebu Pacific cancels more flights until May 10

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2019   •   2926


MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific has announced more domestic flight cancellations after it cancelled dozens of flights from April 28 to 30.

In a statement released late Monday, the budget airliner said it will be cancelling 58 round-trip flights from May 1 to 10, 2019 as part of their ongoing efforts to improve time performance and reduce disruption to their passengers.

The cancelled flights in May are listed below:

May 1 (Wednesday)

  • 5J551/5J552  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J623/5J624  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J983            Manila-Davao
  • 5J639/5J640  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505  Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila

May 2 (Thursday)

  • 5J473/5J474  Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J569/5J570  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J983/5J984  Manila-Davao-Manila
  • 5J455/5J456  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J891/5J892  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila

May 3 (Friday)

  • DG6503/DG6504   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • DG6663/DG6664   Cebu-Zamboanga-Cebu
  • DG6987-DG6988   Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga
  • 5J984                     Davao-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792  Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 901/5J902  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 631/5J632  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J 579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 4 (Saturday) 

  • DG6509/DG6510   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6462/DG6463   Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu
  • DG6515/DG6516   Cebu-Dumaguete-Cebu
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792   Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5j 861/5J862   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila

May 5 (Sunday)

  • 5J641/5J642    Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390    Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 6 (Monday)

  • 5J641/5J642   Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J375/5J376   Manila-Roxas-Manila
  • 5J377/5J378   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 7 (Tuesday)

  • 5J 781/5J782  Manila-Ozamiz-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505   Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J471/5J472   Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J461/5J462   Manila-Iloilo-Manila

May 8 (Wednesday) 

  • 5J641/5J642  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J463/5J464  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 9 (Thursday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J635/5J636  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 857/5J858 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J981/5J982  Manila-Davao-Manila

May 10 (Friday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

Affected travelers may rebook flights within 30 days from the original flight schedule, free of charge; get a full refund or place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund.

Passengers may also re-route to and from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats.

Cebu Pacific also said passengers on cancelled flights will receive one round-trip travel voucher which can be used for future flights. 

The management of Cebu Pacific earlier apologized for the inconvenience caused by the cancellations, and assured it is extending “every possible help” to affected passengers.

The budget airliner earlier released a list of flight cancellations from April 28 to 30.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon had said they are facing operational limitations, particularly in their Manila hub, due to different factors, including several damaged aircraft and heavy traffic that prevented flights from taking off and landing on time.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said it is now investigating the flight cancellations.

READ: CAB looks into Cebu Pacific flight cancellations

The board said it is evaluating the circumstances and explanations given by the Cebu Pacific that led to the incident. – Robie de Guzman

Palace advises Filipinos to avoid traveling to Hong Kong amid protests

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2019

Tear gas fired against anti-government protesters in Hong Kong | Courtesy: Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Tuesday urged Filipinos to postpone any plans of traveling to Hong Kong amid ongoing anti-government protests that even led to suspension of flights and temporary closure of its international airport.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this is not the right time to visit following cancellations of flights to and from Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China.

“Avoid muna going there, that’s the advice kasi you’re not sure whether you will reach Hong Kong in the first place,” Panelo told reporters in a press briefing.

READ: Passengers share frustration over Hong Kong flight cancellations, not protesters

Chinese aviation data firm VariFlight earlier reported that about 190 flights were affected by the abrupt closure of the HK airport on Tuesday due to public protests.

READ: LIST: Flight cancellations August 13 due to Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong authorities said airport operations and flights have since resumed following the suspension.

Hong Kong has faced months of sometimes violent protests that began with opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill, and which have evolved into a direct challenge to the government of embattled leader Carrie Lam and calls for full democracy.

The protests are mainly aimed at police stations and government offices, in different districts of the financial hub, and several residential districts.

Despite the ongoing pocket protests in the city, Malacañang maintained it has no plans of issuing a ban on workers deployment to Hong Kong. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

LIST: Flight cancellations August 13 due to Hong Kong protests

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several flights have been cancelled due to the ongoing public protests in Hong Kong.

As of 8:00am Tuesday (August 13), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced the following flight cancellations:

Terminal 2
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
PR 313 (Hong Kong – Manila)

Terminal 3

CATHAY PACIFIC
CX 901 (Hong Kong-Manila)
CX 919 (Hong Kong-Manila)
CX 930 (Manila-Hongkong)
CX 935 (Hong Kong-Manila)
CX 939 (Hong Kong-Manila)
CX 976 (Manila – Hongkong)

Passengers of affected flights are advised to check with their respective airlines for requests of rebooking, refunding and for further updates.

City-wide strike causes flight cancellations, delays at Hong Kong airport

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Several hundred flights were cancelled and many more delayed on Monday (August 5), when anti-government protesters across Hong Kong took part in the planned city-wide strike.

Frustrated passengers said that they were given almost zero notice ahead of time, some of them saying that airliners cited an “operational issue” as the reason behind their flight’s cancellation.

Millions of people have taken to the streets to vent anger and frustration at the city’s government, presenting the biggest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Hong Kong tourism numbers are already falling and hotel occupancy rates are slumping as the protests take a toll, adding pressure to Hong Kong’s already struggling economy. (REUTERS)

(Production: Joyce Zhou, Joseph Campbell)

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