Cebu Pacific: Guam 'no longer viable

CEBU PACIFIC: Passengers check in at the Cebu Pacific Air counter for the airline's maiden flight to Manila from Guam at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport on March 15, 2016. The airline is ending its Guam route on Dec. 7. Post file photo

 Guam's Christmas season travelers bound for the Philippines will no longer see Cebu Pacific this year.

Cebu Pacific is pulling out of Guam, citing limited flight slots in Manila and its need to shift aircraft to routes with higher demand. The airline started its Guam route in March 2016.

The last roundtrip flights between Manila and Guam will be Dec. 7, the airline confirmed Thursday.

The budget airline’s exit from the Guam market leaves Philippine Airlines and United Airlines competing for direct Guam-Manila flights.

“The entry of Cebu Pacific into the market gave the traveling public more choices and a more affordable alternative to fly between These two destinations,” the airline said. “However, despite all efforts the Guam route is no longer viable,” the airline added.

Pasengers affected by the suspension of the services to Guam are being notified with options provided to minimize these changes, the airline stated. Passengers can rebook on earlier travel dates, get a full refund or place the full value of the ticket in a travel fund for future use, Cebu Pacific stated.