How Cebu Pacific Is Ensuring Safe Travels in the ‘New Normal’

Cebu Pacific remains committed to prioritizing the welfare of staff and passengers. With several layers of biosafety measures in place, the airline is assuring guests of safe travels amid the pandemic.

Cebu Pacific cabin crew in personal protective equipment (PPE), to help ensure everyone’s safety.
Travel in the time of COVID-19

Airlines like Cebu Pacific are part of a much broader aviation industry where there are many layers of safety in place. Furthermore, the entire aviation industry is not letting their guard down — beefing up already stringent safety measures to alleviate concerns of passengers regarding air travel.

 

HEPA filters keep cabin air fresh and clean

Some people think that the airplane is cabin is just like any other enclosed air-conditioned space, like a restaurant or office. However, even if passengers are seated next to each other, the chances of transmission of contaminants (like the coronavirus) from breathing in cabin air is reduced. This is because the air flows or circulates inside the cabin vertically, with “used air” pushed out of the cabin, and fresh air comes in from outside, passing through a filtration process all the time.

Aircraft circulation involves a constant filtration process. In photo: Cebu Pacific cabin crew in PPE.

Cebu Pacific jets are equipped with hospital-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These effectively circulate clean air every three (3) minutes, and eliminate microscopic particles such as bacteria, viruses and fungi with 99.99% efficiency.

 

Multiple biosafety measures in place
Cebu Pacific cabin crew in PPEs.

Cebu Pacific has also adapted a layered approach to biosafety measures to help curb the spread of the virus onboard. From the moment a passenger enters the airport, checks-in, goes to the pre-departure area, and boards the aircraft, the airline constantly reminds its passengers to follow floor markers placed as a guide for them to observe social distancing, while always having their face masks on.

Cebu Pacific cabin crew in PPE.

Unlike any other indoor space or modes of transportation, research conducted by the International Air Transport Association shows that the condition in the air 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.

 

Aircraft is cleaned and disinfected extensively
Cebu Pacific aircraft undergoing routine disinfection.

All our aircraft also undergo extensive disinfection, which are performed by personnel certified by the Bureau of Quarantine. They use Airbus-approved disinfectant, proven to be effective against viruses, including the coronavirus. Lavatories are also cleaned by the crew members every 30 minutes while in flight.

 

Keep precautions in mind before traveling
Cebu Pacific cabin crew in PPE.

EveryJuan has an active role in protecting themselves and fellow travelers from the virus. (Consult this travel checklist before you book that ticket!) Before scheduled flights, passengers must ensure they are well enough to travel. Prepare face masks, and bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (100mL maximum) to disinfect hands and belongings anytime. It is imperative that everyone washes their hands properly at all times and avoid touching their mouth, eyes and nose.

Rest assured, Cebu Pacific remains committed to ensuring that the safety and welfare of staff and passengers are prioritized. For more information on the airline’s safety procedures and flight updates, visit www.cebupacificair.com.

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