LOW-COST carrier Cebu Pacific dominated the Manila-Sydney route for the first quarter of 2017, data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (Bitre) of Australia showed.
The Bitre said Cebu Pacific carried over 43,512 passengers, representing 42 percent market share on the Manila-Sydney route, the highest among the three carriers covering this route.
“We are very pleased to see that the Cebu Pacific effect continues across one of our strongest international markets. Our goal is to make flights affordable, accessible and available to a greater number of travellers,” Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog said.
“These numbers do not only showcase the Philippines as a flourishing destination, but it also shows our strong commitment to remain and further stimulate our key market in Australia,” she added.
Bitre noted that for the first three months of 2017, passenger traffic between Manila and Sydney totalled 104,446, higher by 7 percent compared to data reported last year.
“The growth in passenger traffic was dominated by [Cebu Pacific], which carried 16 percent more passengers from the 37,640 reported in the first quarter of 2016. Load factor for the Manila-Sydney route was at an average 78 percent for the first three months of 2017,” the report said.
Cebu Pacific also reinforced its leadership in the Manila-Sydney airline cargo service.
“[Cebu Pacific] flew 1,131 tons of cargo between Manila and Sydney in the first three months of 2017, covering 49 percent of the total 2,325 tons carried by the three carriers,” the company said.
“Growth in [the company’s]cargo service tracked the increase in total volumes, from 1,567 tons carried in the comparable quarter last year,” it added.
Bitre is an agency under the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which provides “economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues,” according to its official website (https://bitre.gov.au/). The bureau holds data and statistics on the aviation industry.
Cebu Pacific offers the most number of seats between Manila and Sydney, covering nearly 40 percent of the route’s total capacity.
It currently operates up to five weekly nonstop services between Sydney and Manila, departing every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Sydney at 11:35 am and arriving Manila at 5:50 pm. Flights from Manila to Sydney, on the other hand, depart at 12:05 am and arrive Sydney at 10:05 am.
The airline had recently expressed interest to increase frequency between Manila and Sydney, noting strong demand for this route. It flies to 24 other international destinations across Asia and the US, as well as 37 domestic destinations.