GOKONGWEI-LED budget airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) carried 1.7 million passengers in April, up 6.7 percent from 1.58 million passengers flown in the same month last year.
CEB vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said the carrier will continue to explore and add flight frequencies or seat capacity to popular destinations.
Cebu Pacific Air and its wholly owned subsidiary TigerAir Philippines, rebranded recently as Cebgo, carried 1.5 million passengers here and abroad in March this year, up 11.7 percent compared to the same month last year.
In March, the Cebu Pacific Group operated approximately 2,800 weekly flights, utilizing a fleet of 55 aircraft which it said is one of the most modern fleets in the world.
CEB launched direct Kalibo to Hong Kong and Cebu to Tokyo flights, while Cebgo launched Manila to Legazpi and Cebu to Puerto Princesa flights.
CEB recently ramped up select Hong Kong and Singapore services from Manila, with additional seat capacity (from a 180-seater Airbus A320 to
a 436-seater A330 aircraft).
To stimulate travel, the airline offered a 50 percent-off seat sale last May 3 or until seats last, for travel from July 1, 2015 to March 15, 2016.
CEB said that the promo applies to any of its 34 domestic destinations, including inter-island flights such as Cebu to Tandag, Zamboanga to Tawi-Tawi, and Davao to Bacolod.
The 50 percent-off seat sale is also available on CEB’s international destinations, which includes Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Phuket, Brunei, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
CEB’s fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft.