behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4772 posts, RR: 43 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7732 times:
This is to inform you that Qatar Airways has revealed on the GDS system that it shal be suspending all flights to CEB-Cebu, Philippines effective 26MAR 2012. All flights have been zero'd out in the GDS system for the entire S12 season as seen below:
QR currently operates 3 times per week to CEB using a 2 class configured A330-200 which seats 259 pax.
It launched CEB many years ago with an AB6 operated via SIN with 5th freedom traffic rights.
So after LGW, RGN and EWR, this is the only 4th route that I can think of that QR has suspended since the turn of the century. Any more?
I would have kept CEB online and operated it via HKG if it could not be operated nonstop with an A332 due to aircraft shortage issues. As it is, QR's HKG route struggles to be filled with over 65% S/F so tagging it on to CEB would not be a big drain on the finances.
MarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5746 times:
Such a shame though. Friends I know in Europe used to take this route to go directly (well via Doha of course) to Cebu with exceptional convenience.
Cebu City is a great place - like a Bali with the urban amenities added. The SM there is the 11th largest mall in the world, and many of the major hotel chains, like Marriott, Radisson, and Shangri-La, can be found there. And it's an excellent base from which to explore the rest of Philippines via domestic flights or by boat. If I go to the Philippines, I often catch a Cathay Pacific flight there directly from HKG which works great.