Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cebu Pacific breaks 1M passenger record in one month

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 5, 2011) - The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), announced Thursday that it flew more than 1 million passengers for the month of April, a first for any local airline.

It said CEB flew 1,086,650 passengers on both domestic and international routes. The airline operates to 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, on 52 domestic and 24 international routes.

CEB said it also broke its own record for the number of passengers carried in one day. On April 29, it said it carried 37,835 in one day and overtaking previous records in the first quarter of 2011.

“This is the first time CEB has flown over a million guests in one month. It is a testament to how much CEB has empowered every Juan to travel by air with its trademark low fares and high-value services. We thank our passengers for their continued patronage of the country’s low-fare pioneer,” Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.

“CEB attributes this landmark number to having the lowest fares in the market, newest aircraft fleet in the country, and most extensive route network. We will continue offering innovative products and pricing structures for the benefit of our passengers,” she added.

CEB is the Philippines’ largest turbo-prop operator, operating the most inter-island flights to the top tourist destinations in the country. The airline opened Siargao, Pagadian and Cauayan in Isabela province to air travel, and helped lower fares to Coron in Busuanga and Boracay in Caticlan.

It also offers the most seats and flight frequencies to Cebu and Davao, two of the largest business-traffic routes in the country, stimulating same-day business travels and weekend vacations.

By the end of 2011, CEB said it will be operating a fleet of 37 aircraft – with an average age of less than three and a half years – one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2012 and 2014, CEB said it will take delivery of an additional 16 brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft.

The first low-cost carrier in Asia, CEB currently operates over 270 flights daily from hubs in Manila, Cebu, Davao and Clark. It flew almost 10.5 million passengers in 2010, exceeding targets with a 19% increase over 2009. Its international passengers also grew by 38% in 2010.

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