Australia, the Middle East and Japan are Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)’s fastest growing, low-cost, long-haul routes for the first nine months of 2015, the flag carrier announced yesterday.
According to Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics September 2014 to September 2015 data, CEB garnered a 38% market share on the Manila-Sydney route.
Since CEB entered the market in September 2014, overall traffic between MNL-SYD grew by 67%.
CEB’s Middle East growth was driven by the launch of Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha in recent months, as part of the airline’s expansion in the region.
To cater to the growing interest of Filipinos traveling to Japan, CEB expanded its network there via a direct Cebu-Narita (Tokyo) route beginning March this year. It will launch its Manila-Fukuoka route today (December 17, 2015).
In the Philippines, CEB was able to stimulate more travel between Manila and Tagbilaran (Bohol) with additional twice daily flight frequencies. It also stimulated travel between Cebu and Tandag, after the airline launched flights to this Surigao del Sur city in June, 2014.
Passengers for both routes grew by over 100% from January to September 2015, compared to the same period last year, making them the fastest growing domestic routes.
“As we take delivery of more aircraft in 2016, including brand-new ATR 72-600s for Cebgo, we look forward to serving more guests, creating more tourism and business opportunities to benefit the destinations we fly to,” according to CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
The airline offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 60 destinations, spanning Guam, Sydney, Dubai, Bali and Seoul. It operates flights from six Philippine hubs: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Clark and Kalibo.
CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 33 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, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 5 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Source: Emmie Abadilla, http://www.mb.com.ph/