Cebu Pacific Air suspends flights to Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha

Another Filipino airline catering to the Middle East market, this time Cebu Pacific Air, is suspending operations in some countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The low-cost carrier, which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines and operates the Dubai route, announced on Wednesday that it is ceasing flights to and from Kuwait, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Doha in Qatar. The suspension of flights will take effect on different dates, with the first cancellation slated for next month. The last outbound flights from Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha will be on June 14, July 3 and July 1, respectively. ‚??These routes are no longer viable and sustainable,‚?? the airline said. The airline said it will continue to operate its long-haul services to and from Dubai, UAE and Sydney, Australia, hinting that it might even increase frequencies to these destinations in the future. The airline also flies to 24 other international destinations across Asia, United States, as well as 37 domestic destinations. The announcement came just days after the Philippines‚?? flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), announced temporary cancellation of all its flights between Manila and Abu Dhabi effective July 8, 2017. Cathay Pacific also disclosed this week that it is terminating the employment of 600 of its staff after incurring huge financial losses in 2016 due to competition. Courtesy: Gulfnews.com

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