Good start considering Cebu Pacific just started flying to Sydney last September 9, 2014. To date, it has captured 37% of the MNL-SYD route.
In May 2015, Cebu Pacific carried 11,018 passengers on the Manila – Sydney route.
The airline began operating four times weekly non-stop flights to Sydney on 9 September 2014, and added a fifth frequency three months later. The airline is the only low-cost carrier operating the route.
From September 2014 to May 2015, Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported a 62% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic between Manila and Sydney. During this nine-month period a total of 232,876 passengers flew on the route with Cebu Pacific carrying 85,264 passengers or 37% of total passenger traffic.
Cargo volume on the Manila – Sydney route also grew by 33% from September 2014 to May 2015, compared to the same period in the previous year.
“The significant passenger and cargo volume growth between Manila and Sydney validates the Cebu Pacific effect. CEB’s low fares continue to drive trade and tourism between our countries. We look forward to offering the most affordable fares to even more destinations in Australia in the coming months,” said Alex Reyes, CEB General Manager for Long Haul Division.
CEB’s flights to Sydney utilize the airline’s brand-new Airbus A330-300 fleet with a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats.