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Cebu Pacific flies to Hong Kong almost daily in September

Aika Rey
Cebu Pacific flies to Hong Kong almost daily in September

HONG KONG FLIGHTS. A Cebu Pacific plane.

Cebu Pacific

'There is latent travel demand and we remain cautiously optimistic as we boost operations where it is needed most,' says Cebu Pacific chief commercial officer Xander Lao

Cebu Pacific will be flying to Hong Kong almost every day in September, as the special administrative region banned Philippines Airlines flights until September 11.

On Tuesday, August 31, the listed carrier announced that its Manila-Hong Kong flights will resume starting Wednesday, September 1, and that it intends to fly six times weekly except every Saturday during September.

Prior to this announcement, the Cebu Pacific website showed Manila-Hong Kong flights available only every Wednesday and Thursday.

“There is latent travel demand and we remain cautiously optimistic as we boost operations where it is needed most. We continue to listen to our passengers and we do all that we can to address their needs while we remain committed to prioritize every Juan’s health and safety,” said Xander Lao, chief commercial officer of Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific reminded passengers that they need to complete the Hong Kong Department of Health’s online declaration form and bring with them a negative swab test result conducted 72 hours before departure.

Passengers must also show a confirmation of room reservation for not less than 21 days.

Fully vaccinated passengers must also show their recognized vaccination record issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of Quarantine.

Hong Kong earlier said it would not accept the vaccination cards of travelers coming from the Philippines, delaying overseas Filipino workers heading there. It eventually allowed vaccinated OFWs to enter starting Monday, August 30.

Cebu Pacific said 95% of its flying crew have already been vaccinated, while all employees are seen to be inoculated by October. – Rappler.com

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.