The countries or regions with the highest passenger growth from January to September 2015, compared to the same period last year, were Australia, the Middle East and Japan.
Based on September 2014 to September 2015 data from Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, CEB garnered a 38% market share on the Manila-Sydney route. Overall traffic between Manila and Sydney also grew by 67% since CEB entered the market in September 2014.
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.
Meanwhile, to cater to the growing interest of Filipinos when it comes to travel to Japan, CEB expanded its Japan network with a direct Cebu-Narita (Tokyo) route beginning March of 2015. It will launch its Manila-Fukuoka route on 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.
“We’re pleased to see the CEB Effect in these markets, and will continue to study destinations where we can grow traffic. As we take delivery of more aircraft in 2016, including brand-new ATR 72-600s for Cebgo, we look forward to serving more guests, and creating more tourism and business opportunities to benefit the destinations we fly to,” said 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.
For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official @CebuPacificAir Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Play Store.
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.