Cebu Pacific, Tigerair Notch Double-Digit Growth In Combined Passenger Traffic In July


MANILA – The combined passenger traffic of Cebu Pacific and affiliate Tiger Airways Philippines grew by double digits at the start of the second half of the year amid an improvement in the number of occupied seats per flight.

Data from Gokongwei-owned Cebu Air Inc (CEB) show that Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines flew 1.33 million passengers last July, up 16.3 percent from 1.14 million in the same period last year.

This brought year-to-date traffic to 9.85 million, up 14.3 percent from 8.62 million in the same seven months of 2013.

Cebu Pacific targets to carry in excess of 15 million passengers this year. Including the traffic of recently acquired Tigerair Philippines, Cebu Pacific expects more than 17 million by yearend.

Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines’ combined load factor also went up by 3.5 points to 80.8 percent in July from 77.3 percent a year ago.

Load factor pertains to number of seats occupied per flight. Year-to-date, load factor also grew by 0.7 points to 85 percent from 84.2 percent last year.

Jorenz Tanada, CEB spokesperson, attributed the higher passenger traffic to the increase in the number of flights and seat capacity.

“We continue to offer low fares to an extensive route network covering Asia, Middle East and Australia. We have also increased our presence in key markets,” he said.

Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines recorded a total number of 9,985 flights in July, up 4.4 percent from 9,560 in the same period last year.

In the first seven months, the combined number of flights reached 71,133, also up from 68,130 last year.


Cebu Pacific has 51-strong fleet comprises 10 Airbus A319, 28 Airbus A320, 5 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 1 Airbus A330 aircraft.

In March, the shareholders of Singapore’s Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd and the Civil Aeronautics Board separately approved the 100 percent acquisition of Tigerair by Cebu Pacific. The transaction was valued at $15 million.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar,

AirAsia PH, AirAsia Zest Eye Myanmar Flights


MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia Philippines, as well as its unit AirAsia Zest, are looking to start flights to Myanmar as part of route expansions.

AirAsia Philippines is seeking entitlements of 1,260 seats between Manila and Yangon, according to its application with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). AirAsia Zest is seeking allocation of entitlements for 7 weekly fights between Manila and Yangon.

Earlier, budget airline Cebu Pacific and unit Tiger Airways Philippines sought the approval of CAB to mount flights to Myanmar. Cebu Pacific’s application seeks 1,260 weekly seats for flights between Manila and Yangon, while Tigerair Philippines also filed a separate application with the CAB seeking 1,260 weekly seats for the Manila-Yangon route.

CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla earlier said the Philippines and Myanmar signed a new air pact, updating an older agreement from 1979.

The agreement would allow the designated airlines of each country a total of 3,780 seats per week – about 3 flights per day – for each country between Manila and points in Myanmar. The Philippines and Myanmar also agreed on unlimited traffic rights between all points in the Philippines, except Manila, and all points in Myanmar.

“Myanmar is a rapidly growing economy of about 60 million people, with a potential for the development of direct connectivity with the Philippines,” Arcilla said. –

Local Airlines Seek More Entitlements to Singapore

Philippine Airlines

MANILA – The country’s airlines have filed a consolidated application seeking for additional seat entitlements to Singapore.

The application was submitted by flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Zest and Tiger Airways Philippines.

PAL, which intends to use the Airbus A321 aircraft, is seeking 2,186 seats per week for flights to and from Singapore.

PAL Express is seeking 1,638 seats per week and plans to use an A320.

PAL is owned by Lucio Tan and San Miguel Corp.

Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, is applying for 3,459 seats per week using an A330, which can carry 436 passengers.

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AirAsia Zest is seeking 2,520 seats per week while its parent firm AirAsia is seeking 1,260 seats per week.

Both airlines intend to use the A320, which has a capacity of 180 passengers.


Tigerair Philippines, recently acquired by Cebu Pacific, is applying for 1,260 seats per week with a capacity of 180 seats.

The Philippines and Singapore inked a new memorandum of understanding on air services early this month to allow the increase in the number of seats on flights between the Philippines and Singapore, as well as expand fifth freedom rights.

“The parties signed a new MOU on air services expanding the exchange of traffic rights between the two countries,” Civil Aeronautics Board executive director Carmelo Arcilla said.

Arcilla said the new agreement increased the number of seats to around 16,800 on the Manila-Singapore route per week for each country. The current number of seats is 13,800 per week for each country.

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Tigerair Philippines

The agreement also expanded the fifth freedom rights, by adding China for Singapore and India for the Philippines.

Fifth freedom rights refer to the airline’s right to fly passengers to a third country from a country with which an airline’s resident country has an outstanding air services agreement.