The inaugural flight crew for Philippine Airlines’ new 72-kilometre hop from Cebu to Tagbilaran were on hand to cut the celebratory cake at Cebu on 22 June. The service is the shortest in the world to be served at least daily using an Airbus aircraft.
- Philippine Airlines on 22 June commenced daily, domestic flights between Cebu (CEB) and Tagbilaran (TAG). The short 72-kilometre hop between neighbouring islands is not served by any other airline. The route will be flown by the flag carrier with its A320s and becomes the shortest route anywhere in the world to be served at least daily by an Airbus narrow-body aircraft. [Trivia fans may want to know that the shortest daily route operated by a Boeing narrow-body is Alaska Airlines’ 66-kilometre intra-Alaskan link between Juneau and Gustavus.] The airline now operates a total of 46 domestic routes in the Philippines including 15 from Cebu. This new link means that Philippine Airlines now has a 33% share of the domestic market as measured by weekly seats compared with 43% for Cebu Pacific Air and 14% for Philippines AirAsia. See how Cebu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.