Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cebu Pacific sees hike in passenger growth

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 24, 2011) - Cebu Pacific on Tuesday said it expects a 16% passenger growth this month because of increases in both its domestic and international operations.

It earlier announced that it flew more than one million passengers in April, a first for any Philippine carrier and also also posted 15.9% passenger growth for that month compared to the same period in 2010.

From May 1-15, Cebu Pacific posted a 19% year-on-year passenger growth compared to the same period last year and international traffic is up 22%, while domestic traffic also increased by 18% for this period.

“Despite spiraling oil prices, this summer period indicates a very strong traffic performance. We broke several records in April, and foresee even better performance this May. We are grateful to Cebu Pacific passengers for their support, as this is an achievement given the present rising fuel costs,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, said in a statement to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

“Cebu Pacific continues offering the lowest fares in all the routes it operates, for its 33 domestic and 16 international destinations. We are glad to provide every Juan more convenient and more affordable travel options,” she added.

She said Cebu Pacific fuel surcharges are 60% lower for international flights compared to Philippine Air Lines (PAL). It also has the lowest fuel surcharge in majority of domestic routes commonly operated by PAL, AirPhil Express, and Zest Air.

Cebu Pacific is the Philippines' largest national flag carrier.

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