Cebu Pacific cuts fares down to Lite fares

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 19:51 by Aviation Correspondent

From April 1, Cebu Pacific, the largest airline in Philippines, will offer fare cuts on all its flights. Lite Fares don’t apply to free baggage but the fares are 33% reduced. The move is to boost the travel, tourism and business ventures in the country.

Domestic fares have been lowered to P350 and international fares are down to P800.

Lite Fares replaces the Go Lite scheme and Cebu Pacific passengers have to make use of Prepaid Baggage Allowance, for checking in with bags.

Passengers on domestic flights can choose between Small for 15 kilos (P150), Standard for 20 kilos (P250), Medium for 25 kilos (P450) and Large for 30 kilos (700).

Meanwhile, options on international flights include Small for 15 kilos (P350), Standard for 20 kilos (P500), Medium for 25 kilos (P750) and Large for 30 kilos (1,000).

Those with excess luggage than specified, at the check-in will have to pay P150 per kilo for domestic flights and P250-P600 per kilo for international flights based on the distance to the destination.

Checked-in bags without Prepaid Baggage Allowance will be charged P400 for the first 15 kilos and every excess kilo will be charged according to standard excess baggage rates. Handbags weighing up to 7kg are allowed for free.

The company feels that the Prepaid Baggage Allowance will enhance light and short trips along with making the check-in process and other ground operations easier and faster.

Cebu Pacific told that they found more chances for reducing the air fares and that’s why they went ahead with the offers. They also told that the practice was followed by budget carriers around the world. The company claims that their Prepaid Baggage Allowance is up to 67% less than other low cost carrier’s.

Cebu Pacific was the first to introduce e-ticketing, fun games and seat selection in Philippines.

Cebu Pacific, is based at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is currently the country’s leading domestic carrier, serving the most domestic destinations with the largest number flights and routes, and equipped with the youngest fleet. The airline started operations on March 8, 1996. Today it has 33 airplanes under its custody which are used to serve 50 regional and international destinations.

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