CEB tops 18M passenger target for 2015
posted on Feb 9, 2016
Posts highest number of passengers flown in one day
The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), flew 18.4 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 9% from 16.9 million passengers flown in 2014. On average, CEB flights were 83% full during the year.
Growth in passenger volume was largely driven by the airline’s low-cost long-haul services, and increased frequencies in key domestic markets. CEB also posted notable passenger growth in international destinations such as Hong Kong, Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya in Japan, and Beijing and Shanghai in China.
“Last January 3, 2016, the Cebu Pacific Air group carried a total of 62,947 passengers—the highest number of travellers we have ever flown in one day. This scalable growth in our key domestic and international markets reflects our commitment in driving trade and tourism in the countries we operate in, and enabling more travellers to connect with families and friends around the globe,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs.
Passengers flown on CEB’s long-haul routes grew by 146% year-on-year, on the back of increased presence in Australia and the Middle East.
CEB carried over 150,000 passengers between Manila and Sydney for full-year 2015. Based on the latest report from Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), the airline remains the largest carrier on the Manila – Sydney route, with 40% market share from November 2014 to October 2015. During this period, overall traffic between Manila and Sydney also grew by 69%.
Meanwhile, passenger growth on flights to and from the Middle East remained robust, driven by sustained capacity between Manila and Riyadh, Kuwait, and Dubai, and the launch of Manila – Doha in June 2015. Among the Middle East routes, flights between Manila and Dubai posted the highest number of passengers, with over 230,000 guests flown in 2015.
Passengers flown to short haul international destinations such as Hong Kong, Japan and China also increased. Passenger volume to and from Japan, in particular, grew by 39% to over 280,000 in 2015 as CEB successfully stimulated traffic with the launch of its operations from Manila and Cebu to Tokyo (Narita), and Manila to Nagoya. The airline also mounted flights between Manila and Fukuoka, its fourth destination in Japan, in December 2015.
In the Philippines, domestic passengers increased by 7.41% in 2015, following added frequencies between Manila and Tagbilaran (Bohol), and Cebu and Tandag (Surigao del Sur). Both routes posted over 100% in passenger growth year-on-year.
CEB offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 64 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It is slated to launch direct flights between Manila and Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, 2016.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.
Cebu Pacific’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 35 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of three more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB)
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.
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