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>PRESS RELEASES / May 5, 2009

CEB suspends Catarman flights due to airport safety issues

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will suspend its four-times weekly Manila-Catarman service starting May 9 because of unresolved airport safety issues.

“Since we started operations last February there had been three runway incursions by both people and vehicles, as such, we have decided to suspend our flights to Catarman in the interest of passenger safety,” Candice Iyog said CEB’s vice president for marketing and distribution.

Iyog said the Catarman operations will resume once flight safety is assured and the runway is properly secured for commercial operations.

“We take safety seriously and cannot operate under these conditions. We are working closely with our colleagues in CAAP and local authorities to resolve these open issues.” Iyog added.

CEB started its ATR72 service to Catarman last February 14 with scheduled flights every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

In the meantime, CEB will increase its Manila-Calbayog flights to daily, up from three-times weekly to accommodate the affected passengers. For more information affected passengers may contact CEB Reservations at (02) 70-20-888 to rebook their flights.

“We hope that this issue is resolved soon so we can resume our flights to Catarman and continue to offer our trademark low fares.” Iyog emphasized.