Cebu Pacific said on Monday that it flew 7.5 million passengers from January to June 2013, an increase of 8 percent over the 6.9 million passengers flown in the same period last year.
“This is a very exciting time for Cebu Pacific and our guests, as we take delivery of more brand-new aircraft and launch new routes in the coming months,” said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing distribution of Cebu Pacific.
The low-cost carrier said that during the first half of the year, it posted a 9-percent growth on its international routes, and a 7.5-percent growth on its domestic routes. On average, Cebu Pacific flights for the period were 85.4-percent full.
The airline attributed the growth to increased presence in key markets, strategic seat sales offering the lowest possible fares and continuous network expansion.
The airline launched twice weekly flights from Manila to Bali, thrice weekly flights from Cebu to Masbate and four weekly flights from Cebu to Camiguin in the first half of the current year.
It achieved notable passenger growth during the first half of the year in several international tourism and trade markets, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea and Brunei, contributing to foreign tourist arrivals in the country.
In the Philippines for the same period, 41 percent more passengers flew with Cebu Pacific within Mindanao, while passengers to and from Kalibo, Iloilo, Bacolod and Cebu increased significantly.
The airline previously announced that it will launch flights between Manila and Phuket, Thailand, on August 16 and between Manila and Dubai on October 7. It will also add flights to existing services to Hanoi and Guangzhou in the fourth quarter of 2013.