BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific reported a 9-percent growth in passenger traffic in the first nine months of 2015 driven by the increase in capacity in domestic and international routes.
Cebu Pacific said it carried 13.65 million passengers in the first three quarters of the year, a 9-percent increase compared to the same period in 2014.
“Growth in passengers carried by the Cebu Pacific Group in September 2015 can be attributed to increase in capacity in key domestic and long haul routes,” Cebu Pacific OIC for corporate affairs JR Mantaring told reporters in a text message.
Cebu Pacific is set to launch three new international routes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on December 17.
It will inaugurate direct flights from Manila to Fukuoka, Japan; from Cebu to Taipei, Taiwan; and from Davao to Singapore.
“We look forward to seeing the ‘Cebu Pacific effect’ in the new routes we will operate. We’ve seen time and again how connectivity and CEB’s trademark low fares stimulated travel,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific VP for marketing and distribution, said in a press statement.
Cebu Pacific is a listed company under Cebu Air Inc. (CEB). The airline was incorporated in 1988. Today it brands itself as the country’s second flag carrier.
CEB operates an extensive route network serving 57 domestic routes and 37 international routes with a total of 2,652 scheduled weekly flights.
It operates from seven hubs, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and 4 located in Pasay City, Metro Manila; Mactan-Cebu International Airport located in Lapu-Lapu City, part of Metropolitan Cebu; Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located in Clark, Pampanga; Davao International Airport located in Davao City, Davao del Sur; Ilo-ilo International Airport located in Ilo-ilo City, regional center of the western Visayas region; and Kalibo International Airport in Kalibo, Aklan.
The airline operates a fleet of 52 aircraft which comprises of ten Airbus A319, 29 Airbus A320, eight ATR 72-500 and five Airbus A330 aircrafts.
Aside from passenger service, CEB also provides airport-to-airport cargo services on its domestic and international routes.
CEB is a unit of John Gokongwei-led JG Summit Holdings.