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BUDGET CARRIER, Cebu Pacific, sent nine of its Airbuses this past week to the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) in Alice Springs, Australia. “This is the facility that stores aircraft. We need to ensure that it’s stored in a facility that’s really  equipped,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s VP for Marketing and Distribution, told reporters during a recent virtual press chat. Seven A321CEOs and two A330s. Reports said that these planes have not flown for four months since the lockdown.

Cebu Pacific has 52 Airbuses and nine of these are now in Alice Springs, Australia

The flag carrier still plans to send more airlines to the said facilities but more studies have to be made. “Once the demand is back, we can easily bring back aircraft into the line,” Iyog added.

Cebu Pacific according to its corporate website has 72 planes in all in its fleet. This comprises 52 Airbuses and 20 ATRs (Arei de Transporto Regionale) or the ones you see as turbo-propelled planes that run on either shorter distances or smaller capacities.

Cebu Pacific is hopeful

Cebu Pacific is one of the four commercial airlines in the Philippines aside from Philippine Airlines, Air Asia (formerly Zest Air), and Skyjet.

The tourism industry relies heavily on commercial airlines and without reduced business transactions across the country, all commercial airlines will be hard-pressed to provide mobility for all passengers and goods relying on this form of transport.