Cebu Pacific Air (5J, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) is hoping to begin direct flights to Honolulu in the middle of next year, its second US route after Guam Int'l.

During a courtesy call to the Philippine Consul General to Honolulu Gina A. Jamoralin on November 18, Cebu executives said they would initially aim for a 3x weekly service from Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l.

The Philippines was upgraded to Category 1 safety status by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) earlier this year paving the way for Philippine carriers such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int'l) to either begin or resume direct flights to the United States.

Cebu's longhaul operations currently includes flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Australia.