MANILA, 29 July 2016: The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific flew over 10 million passengers from January to June this year, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2015. On average, flights were 87% full during these months.
For June 2016 alone, the Cebu Pacific Air group flew 1.6 million passengers, up by 8% from the 1.5 million passengers flown in the same month in 2015.
This upsurge in passenger volume was primarily driven by popular domestic destinations in Visayas and Mindanao such as Kalibo, Tacloban, Siargao, and Tagbilaran.
Passengers to and from Japan, in particular, spiked by 21% as a result of the launch of Cebu – Tokyo (Narita) in March 2015 and Manila – Fukuoka in December 2015.
Long-haul passengers to and from CEB’s destinations in the Middle East and Australia also contributed to the upturn, after posting a substantial increase in volume from January to June 2016 versus the same period last year.
“We are very proud to share with you that since CEB’s inception in 1996, our passengers now number more than 130 million and counting. These promising figures encourage us to cater to the growing travel demand not just in Manila, but throughout our six strategic hubs nationwide,” said CEB vice president for corporate affairs. Atty Mantaring
CEB’s network spans Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the US. It currently flies to 30 international destinations, including Dubai, Incheon, Guam, Tokyo, and Sydney.