Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and Tiger Airways Philippines, combined, carried nearly 11.3 million passengers, year-to-date, as of August, 14.6 percent more than the 9.8 million it carried year-on-year in 2013, according to the flag-carrier’s latest operating statistics.
The airlines registered an almost 14 percent increase in capacity, from 11.734 million to 13.342 million and a 0.6 point increase in seat load factor, from 83.8 percent to 84.4 percent.
CEB also posted a 21 percent increase in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) year-to-date, from 8.75 billion to 10.6 billion and a 23 percent surge in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK), from 10.6 billion to 13 billion.
The flag carrier increased its number of flights by 5.2 per cent to 81,838, year-to-date, with a 2 percent increase in Average Sector Distance of 823 kilometers and an 8.7 increase in the number of aircraft, at 50, as of period end.
As of August, 2014, CEB and Tiger Airways Philippines flew 1.412 million passengers, almost 17 percent more than the same period last year.
The airlines have likewise increased their capacity by 17 percent, from 1.5 million to 1.75 million and upped their seat load factor by 0.1 points from 80.7 to 80.8 percent,
Correspondingly, their RPK shot up 23.4 percent to 1.4 billion while their ASK surged 24 percent to 1.7 billion.
Together, CEB and Tiger Airways Philippines logged 10,705 flights in August, 10.6 per cent more than the comparative period, with 1.3 per cent more Average Sector Distance of 814 kilometers and 9 per cent more aircraft, at 50 on period end.
As part of the strategic alliance between the CEB Group and Tiger Air Group, effective March 20, 2014, Tigerair Philippines has joined CEB’s network.
CEB currently operates a fleet of 43 Airbuses and will take delivery of a dozen more aircraft between this year and 2021. It began long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013 and expects the arrival of 3 more Airbus A330 aircraft from 2014 to 2015.
Aside from its 24 international destinations, CEB also serves 33 domestic destinations from six hubs: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao.
CEB’s international destinations cover: Brunei, Cambodia (Siem Reap), China (Beijing), China (Guangzhou), China (Shanghai), China (Xiamen), Hong Kong, Indonesia (Bali), Indonesia (Jakarta), Japan (Nagoya), Japan (Narita), Japan (Osaka), Korea (Busan), Korea (Incheon), Macau, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, Taiwan (Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok), Thailand (Phuket), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Vietnam (Hanoi) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh).
Its domestic destinations cover: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tawi-Tawi, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.
Source: Emmie Abadilla, MB