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China Airlines to expand to Cebu

Taiwan’s flag carrier, China Airlines, is set to expand operations in the Philippines to Cebu.

The airline announced that it will introduce a direct link between Cebu and Taipei, capital of Taiwan, starting March 29, 2020.

Cebu will be the second destination in the Philippines after Manila to receive regular scheduled services as part of China Airlines' long-term push to expand its network in Southeast Asia, the airline said in a statement.

The Taipei (Taoyuan) - Cebu service will offer six flights each week using a B737-800 aircraft.

Flight CI705, Taipei-Cebu, will depart at 7:40 in the morning and arrive at 10:35 local time. Flight CI706, the return service, will take off at 11:35 and arrive back in Taipei (Taoyuan) at 14:30.

Flights are offered every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport in Cebu, the second largest airport in the Philippines, has the capacity to host 12.5 million passengers annually.

In the third quarter of 2019, Megawide Construction Corporation said passenger traffic grew as air traffic volume increased following the commissioning of new flights.

International passengers grew 10% while domestic increased 9% to deliver a combined 10% growth year-on-year to 9.48 million passengers.

Air traffic volume likewise cruised to a 6% improvement, with international and domestic traffic up 9% and 5%, respectively.

Among the new flights that were commissioned from the MCIA were Air Asia’s Cebu-Kaohsiung, Pan Pacific’s charter Qingdao-Cebu, Jeju Air’s Cebu-Daegu routes, and the re-launch of Cebgo’s Cebu-Busuanga route.

Some international airlines also increased flight frequencies in the third quarter, including China Eastern’s Cebu-Guangzhou and Eva Air’s Taipei-Cebu. Jin Air, meanwhile, increased its capacities for the Busan-Cebu and Incheon-Cebu route.

Megawide holds 60% equity in the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, which operates the airport terminal and other landside facilities. (Ventures Cebu)

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