Flying with Cebu Pacific
Hey guys. Long time no see. 😀
Been pretty busy with work, travelling and other stuff, but as we got a new year, I will try to keep posting here regularly.
We spent the Christmas Days in the Philippines, in Naga City, Bicol.
Coming from Bangkok the day before, we spent a night in Cavite and planned to go to the Airport early morning to catch our flight with Cebu Pacific.
In that time during Christmas 2017 one Low Pressure Area after the other passed through the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) which lead to many flight cancellations.
The sky did not really look nice, so let us see what happens to our flight.
As we made our experience in the past with taxis and other sorts of transport in Metro Manila, we really like using Uber. (Click here to find out what UBER is and how it works).
Update 02.04.2018: As several news agencies stated, UBER has sold its services in Southeast Asia to Grab.
This time though, there were no cars available in Cavite so we switched to Grabtaxi. Grabtaxi is a similar service, which offers taxis to order private cars like Uber. We ordered the car with the application 3 hours before the scheduled departure of our flight. Unfortunatelly it took ages for the car to arrive due to heavy traffic and security procedures at the subdivisions gate.
The car arrived like 90 minutes before closure of check in which was super tight as the traffic got worse the more we approached the airport area.
According to the Cebu Pacific Check-In guidelines the check-in counters close for domestic flights 45 minutes before departure. So technically we had 45 minutes to reach the airport which was pretty impossible in the traffic of Manila. As we approached the domestic road, still 10 minutes away from the terminal, we luckily checked the website of Cebu on the smartphone and saw a note that check in closes in 2 minutes. Being sure that we missed the flight, we quickly checked in online. We reached the baggage drop counter in Terminal 4 30 minutes before departure. Luckily our luggage was still accepted. If we did not check in online, staff told us, we would have not been able to take that flight.
Lesson learnt: When you are late, check in online!
Tropical Storm Urduja was just about to pass the Philippines causing many flights being cancelled. Our flight was put on hold awaiting a weather update from the destination airport.
Luckily the weather was ok to fly so we boarded and departed on time.
Always glad when flying with turboprops. Something different.
If you got a certain height like Stefan, make sure to ask at the check in to get seats with extra legroom. We did not do that and the standard legroom with Cebu Pacific is pretty cruel if you are more than 6ft8 tall. 😀 But as the flight was only 40 min long, we survived. Naga welcomed us with strong winds, rain and not the best visibility. The landing was quite shaky.
Usually you have a pretty nice view of Mount Isarog from here but unfortunately it is hiding behind the clouds.
All in all it was a good flight. Be aware that Cebu included the Terminal Fees in the ticket price. So when departing Naga Airport or any other airport in Philippines on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the terminal fees at the airports anymore.
What is your experience flying in the Philippines. Would love to hear your stories!