Philippines' largest budget carrier to expand Mideast network
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Philippines' largest budget carrier to expand Mideast network

Philippines' largest budget carrier to expand Mideast network

The Philippines' biggest budget airline, Cebu Air plans to launch flights to several destinations in the Middle East, as part of a five-year plan to increase the number of its long-haul flights, Bloomberg has reported. The carrier will begin the push in the second half of 2013 by adding flights to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, president Lance Gokongwei told the news service. Cebu Air intends to get 25% of the $1.2bn Philippine-Middle East market by 2015, Gokongwei said. Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways "will be my main competitors" on Middle East routes as no Philippine carriers fly them, he said.

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