FLIGHTS to Middle East, Australia and Japan recorded highest passenger turnout in the first nine months of 2015 for budget airline Cebu Pacific Air (CEB).
The airline garnered a 38 percent market share in it Manila-Sydney flights, according to data from the Australia Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, CEB noted in a statement on Wednesday.
The data emphasized the overall traffic between Manila and Sydney grew by a significant 67 percent since CEB launched the route in 2014.
The growth in the Middle East was driven by the flights to Kuwait, Riyadh and Doha in recent months, as part of the airline’s expansion in the region.
To cater to the growing interest of Filipinos when it comes to travel to Japan, CEB expanded its Japan network with a direct flight from Cebu to Narita beginning March 2015. It will launch its Manila-Fukuoka route on Thursday, December 17.
In the Philippines, CEB was able to stimulate more travel between Manila and Tagbilaran (Bohol) with additional twice daily flight frequencies. It also launched flights to Tandag in Surigao del Sur from Cebu in June 2014. Passengers on both routes grew by over 100 percent in January to September, from a year earlier to reflect 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.