Cebu Pacific has committed to establishing its turboprop cargo operations at Sangley Airport and said it fully supports the government’s initiative to fast-track the development of the gateway.
The Philippine government has outlined plans to turn the air force base into a new facility to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
Cebu Pacific revealed last year it was to fly freighters for the first time. It is in final phase of converting two of its ATR 72-500 passenger aircraft into freighters.
The carrier will be the only commercial passenger airline in the Philippines to have specialised aircraft to transport cargo. The first of the two freighter aircraft is expected to enter into service before August 2019.
“The transfer of General Aviation – or private aircraft operations to Sangley – is a quick win and will yield immediate positive results for NAIA,” said Michael Ivan Shau, chief operations officer of Cebu Pacific.
“As an initial step, we have committed to establish our turboprop cargo operations at Sangley.”
Cebu Pacific flies to 37 domestic destinations, including routes where jet operations are not possible such as Marinduque, Batanes, Busuanga, Camiguin and Siargao.