Strange but true. Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei rode on a flight via the airline’s tough competitor, the Philippine Airlines (PAL). And yes, he took the economy class as he flew to Davao City to attend a two-day conference of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with the country’s business leaders to present his 10-point economic plan.
Gokongwei was spotted by local media this Sunday, June 19, wearing a blue shirt, falling in line at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 just like any ordinary economy class plane passenger. The business magnate was later seen boarding the economy class PAL flight PR 1817, with many people obviously not realizing who he is.
“I wanted to enjoy Father’s Day lunch with my family. The first Cebu Pac flight to Davao in afternoon was 4:35 pm., and there was 3 p.m. PAL flight. I had a dinner to attend in Davao so I took the 3 pm.,” Gokongwei said. However, the said PAL flight was moved to 4:30pm, and left the airport at around 5:15 pm. In short, his flight was delayed for more than 2 hours.
Gokongwei, the only son of John Gokongwei who is the second richest entrepreneur in the Philippines as of 2015, reportedly arrived at Davao City at around 6:40 pm, and was welcomed by Cebu Pac personnel. He was said to have proceeded to Marco Polo Hotel to have dinner with the incoming president, as the meeting is being scheduled this Monday, June 20.
Cebu Pacific is known for being the country’s largest airline in terms of seat capacity operating to, from and within the Philippines. It flies to 25 international destinations in 15 countries and 33 domestic destinations. The airline had its first US flight on March 15, 2016, and launched four times weekly flights from Manila to Guam and vice versa.