Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific 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.
The Gokongwei-led carrier attributed its passenger growth to increased presence in key markets, strategic seat sales offering the lowest possible fares, and continuous network expansion.
“With the recent lifting of the EU ban and the FAA Category 1 upgrade for the Philippines, CEB is in a stronger position to explore the possibility of serving even more of our kababayans (Filipino passengers) and travelers in new markets like Guam, Hawaii, and the EU,” said lawyer Jorenz Tañada, vice president for corporate affairs of Cebu Pacific.
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’s 51-strong fleet is comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 30 Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2014 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 11 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 3 Airbus A330 aircraft.