Posted on: 29 July 2016 by Mark Howells
Cebu Pacific has increased its passenger numbers for the first half of 2016 (1H16) by 9% year-over-year to over 10 million, recording an average load factor of 87% during the period.
In June 2016 alone, Cebu Pacific flew 1.6 million passengers, a rise of 8% from the 1.5 million flown during the same month the previous year. The carrier said the upsurge in passenger volume was primarily driven by popular domestic destinations in Visayas and Mindanao such as Kalibo, Tacloban, Siargao, and
Cebu Pacific stated that key short-haul international destinations including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore also fared well. Passengers to and from Japan grew by 21% following the launch of a service between Cebu and Tokyo in March 2015 and between Manila and Fukuoka in December 2015. Likewise, the airline’s long-haul passengers also contributed to the upturn.
“We are very proud to share that since CEB’s inception in 1996, our passengers now number more than 130 million and counting. These promising figures encourage us to cater to the growing travel demand not just in Manila, but throughout our six strategic hubs nationwide. We are optimistic that with the support of relevant airport and government authorities, we can continue offering our trademark lowest fares to even more Filipino travellers in the years to come,” declared Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific’s VP corporate affairs.
Cebu Pacific operates a 57-strong fleet comprised of seven Airbus A319s, 36 A320s, six A330s and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, the carrier expects to take delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.