CEB: Reopening of non-essential travel bright spot in PH tourism recovery

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THE domestic market will lead the recovery of the tourism industry.

This was what Alexander Lao, chief commercial officer of Cebu Pacific (CEB), said as the airline continues to operate domestic routes despite the pandemic.

At present, CEB is operating in 32 domestic routes with 14 operating flights to and from Cebu, with Manila to Cebu operating five times daily.

“Now that is still a far cry from our previous operations. We used to fly from Cebu to Manila maybe 15 to 16 times a day,” he said.

However, Lao emphasized the government’s efforts in securing vaccine supply to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as one of the bright spots towards the road to economic recovery.

Another bright spot is the gradual reopening of non-essential travel to popular tourist destinations like Cebu, Boracay, Siargao and Bohol subject to certain conditions but still once again improving traveler confidence.

Over five million domestic passengers flew with CEB in 2020 and over 500,000 domestic passengers in the first quarter of 2021.

Vaccine distribution

CEB also airlifted 365 tons of personal protective equipment, test kits and medical supplies all over the Philippines for free.

On Monday, June 28, 2021, CEB safely transported another one million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Beijing to Manila via flight 5J 671.

This was the second major shipment in less than a week, after CEB successfully brought home two million doses from China on June 24. These consecutive vaccine arrivals indicate progress in the rollout of the country’s inoculation program.

“We are grateful to Cebu Pacific and other carriers for assisting us in ensuring that these life-saving vaccines reach our country safely. We look forward to collaborating with the private sector as we anticipate the arrival of more vaccines in the coming months,” vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, said in a press release.

All these vaccines were preserved in temperature-specific refrigerated containers to maintain potency and efficacy up until arrival at the designated stations.

“We are glad to keep bringing these vaccines home and aid in the distribution across the country,” Alex Reyes, chief strategy officer at Cebu Pacific, said.

“We will continue supporting our government in its efforts to fight Covid-19,” added Reyes.

Over the week, more than 87,000 doses were airlifted to different provinces, namely Dipolog, Legazpi, Masbate, Puerto Princesa, Tuguegarao and Virac.

To date, CEB has flown nine million Covid-19 doses from China, while close to 1.8 million doses have been distributed across the Philippines. (JOB)

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