In preparation for its new flights next month, Cebu Pacific is requesting local government units (LGUs) to withdraw RT-PCR testing for vaccinated travelers. 

Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience Candice Iyog said the decision to move forward sans RT-PCR tests for inoculated flyers aims to simplify travel requirements and comes with the recent easing of lockdown rules and return of domestic leisure travel. 

“We’re starting to see progress in that area,” Iyog shared during a virtual media briefing on Thursday.

“We’re optimistic, but of course we are still in a pandemic, so we’re cautiously optimistic,” she emphasized. 

According to Cebu Pacific, they’ll be organizing more flights in ‘tourism havens’ like Siargao, Boracay, and Bohol starting October. Flights to Siargao will increase to six times per week from five times, Boracay to five daily flights from four times, and Bohol to 10 times per week from nine times.

“Domestic tourism will be the one leading the recovery process for us,” Iyog said.

As part of its safety strategy, the commercial carrier has vaccinated 99 percent of its line pilots and 96 percent of its cabin crew.

Besides this, Cebu Pacific is also observing other safety measures, which include cleaning and disinfection for all aircraft and facilities, antigen testing before duty for all frontliners and crew members, and contactless flight procedures.

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