• Cebu Pac 6-month passenger numbers top 8M

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    CebupacGokongwei-led carrier Cebu Pacific’s passenger traffic for the first six months of 2014 reached 8.05 million passengers, up 7.6 percent from 7.48 million in same period in 2013.

    Data from Cebu Pacific showed that the airline carried 8,048,804 passengers million for the first six months of this year, compared to 7,479,950 passengers from January-June last year.

    The low-cost carrier tallied 1.32 million passengers for the month of June, a 9.5 percent increase from 1.20 million passengers in the same period last year.

    “CEB attributes its passenger growth to increased presence in key markets, strategic seat sales and continuous network expansion. We aim to serve 17 million passengers by end-2014, jointly with Tigerair Philippines,” Lawyer Jorenz Tanada, Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs, said in a text message.

    The carrier flew 3.74 million passengers from January to March 2014, an increase of about 6 percent over 3.5 million passengers flown in the same period in 2013.

    Earlier the carrier said that with the recent lifting of the European Union ban and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 upgrade for the Philippines, CEB is in a stronger position to explore the possibility of serving even more of Filipino passengers and travelers in new markets like Guam, Hawaii, and the EU.

    The carrier achieved first quarter 2014 passenger growth in several international tourism and trade markets such as Indonesia, Japan and China, contributing to foreign tourist arrivals in the country. The airline recently launched a daily service between Manila and Tokyo (Narita) and a four-times-weekly service from Manila to Nagoya in Japan.

    Cebu Pacific offers flights to 25 other international destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Brunei Darussalam, South Korea, Dubai, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kuwait, Macau, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

    The airline currently has a fleet of 51 Airbus A319, A320, A330 and ATR-72-500 aircraft. Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific plans to take delivery of 11 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 3 Airbus A330 aircraft.

    As part of the strategic alliance with Singapore-based Tigerair, on Wednesday Cebu Pacific announced it has finalized its purchase of 100 percent of Tigerair Philippines, including the 40 percent stake held by Tiger Airways Holdings Limited. Upon full implementation of the alliance, the Cebu Pacific and Tigerair websites will be used as sales and distribution platforms to market all routes operated by both airlines. The carriers also expect to collaborate on other common destinations in Asia.

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