Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) will soon launch flights to Dammam and Riyadh, as per a report from Center for Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
The plan is part of the carrier’s further expansion of its long-haul network from one to six destinations over the next six months in addition to the announced new routes of Sydney and Kuwait.
CEB will start its Manila-Sydney route on 9 September 2014 as it eyes the expansion to Saudi Arabia and the prospects of flying to Sharjah. Its second long-haul destination is Kuwait and will start on 2 September with a frequency of three flights a week.
CAPA said that Jazeera Airways could be a potential partner for Cebu Pacific as its Kuwait base features 15 routes throughout the Middle East, Egypt, and Turkey. Saudi Arabia is also expected to be almost entirely a point-to-point market for Cebu Pacific although there could potentially be an opportunity to work with Saudi LCC flynas, said CAPA.
CAPA said that Cebu Pacific has sufficient traffic rights to operate up to seven weekly flights to Riyadh and has unlimited access to Dammam, which has been designated by Saudi Arabian authorities as an open skies airport. The airline could also potentially use some of its seven weekly Philippines-Saudi Arabia rights for Jeddah but earlier ruled out Jeddah as it sees a larger market in Riyadh and Dammam.