behramjee
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Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:06 pm

Dear All,

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:

128APRCEBDOH‡QR«
1QR 657 C0 J0 D0 Z0 I0 Y0*CEBDOH 1825 2315 332 M 0 246 DCA /E
B0 L0 M0 Q0 K0 U0 H0 E0 *A

114APRDOHCEB‡QR«
14APR SAT DOH/Z‡3 CEB/‡5
1QR 656 C0 J0 D0 Z0 I0*DOHCEB 0150 1655 332 M 0 246 DCA /E
Y0 B0 L0 M0 Q0 K0 U0 H0 E0 *A

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.

[Edited 2012-01-28 06:08:57]
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:34 pm

Add NAG to the list of terminated destinations.

Also do note that QR is increasing DOH - ALG from S12 from daily to 11 weekly.

[Edited 2012-01-28 06:43:21]
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:31 pm

Still waiting DOH-Acc
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:42 pm

What not enough domestic help flying to and fro?   
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:48 pm

Quoting behramjee (Thread starter):
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.

Didnt QR increase HKG to 11 weekly recently. And how come theyre having a low seat factor?
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:55 pm

Cebu is heavy tourist and VFR (most tourists seemed to be from China Korea and Japan anyway, cant see them going all the way to DOH to get to CEB). I can see them not wanting to do this route.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:15 am

Such a shame. At least QR still has a huge presence in MNL (I think it's 10x weekly or is it double daily?) with a mix of 77L/77W/A333
It's a cultural thing.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:08 am

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.

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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:43 am

Pity to see them dropping CEB, but its hard to see how they lasted this long with the yields which would likely have been gained.

It looks like a good destination, but when theres areas like HKT, or even DPS to a lesser extent, which seem to dominate the European tourist's travel itinerary, it is often overlooked.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Suspends Cebu Services

Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:14 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
Didnt QR increase HKG to 11 weekly recently. And how come theyre having a low seat factor?

Maybe it dropped as a result of the increase?