Cebu Pacific Air remains committed to prioritizing the welfare of staff and passengers. With several layers of enhanced biosafety measures in place at every step of essential travel, alongside its adherence to government and industry regulations regarding heightened safety and sanitation, the airline is assuring guests of safe journeys amid the pandemic.
As part of its overall pivot to contactless flights, Cebu Pacific has introduced measures to ensure social distancing even on the plane, including alternate-seating arrangements. But what if you’re traveling with family members and want to sit together? “What we have in place right now is, if the load allows it, we have a seating algorithm that puts spaces between passengers inflight—if they are not traveling together,” explains Candice Iyog, the airline’s vice president for Marketing and Customer Experience. “So, if you’re a family of five, and you came to the airport together in the same car, we don’t space you apart. If you’re traveling together, then you can be seated together.”
Passengers traveling alone, on the other hand, will find that the seats next to them will be empty: “However, if you are traveling separately, the way we’re doing the seating algorithm is, we put one seat between each group of passengers.”
No changing of seats is allowed during the flight, a rule that cabin crew members will strictly implement. Orderly deplaning procedures must also be observed by everyone on board.
In line with government directives, passengers must wear a face shield and a face mask throughout their flight and while in the airport.
Science also provides more comfort to air travelers: Research conducted by the International Air Transport Association shows that the conditions in the plane cabin makes transmission of virus difficult, as airflow exchange rates and directions are less conducive to droplet spread. Seat backs also act as a solid barrier that directs the flow of cabin air in one direction, straight to the filters.