Cebu Pacific passenger volume jumps 11 pct in May

Posted at 06/30/2014 2:59 PM | Updated as of 06/30/2014 3:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific posted an 11.3 percent growth in its passenger volume in May, a peak month for the budget airline.

Cebu Pacific’s data showed that it flew 1.55 million passengers in May, an increase of 157,577 passengers from the 1.39 million passengers it serviced in the same month last year.

Cebu Pacific corporate communications vice president Atty. Jorenz Tanada attributed the increase to the high number of tourists during the summer season.

“May is among the peak months for Cebu Pacific,” he noted, adding that Cebu Pacific flights in May were about 91 percent full.

Data also showed that from January to May, Cebu Pacific saw a 7.2 percent jump in passenger volume to 6.73 million passengers from the 6.28 million passengers in the same period last year.

The airline’s seating capacity also grew 7.1 percent to 7.84 million in the first five months of 2014 compared to the 7.32 million in the same period last year.

The low cost carrier currently has a fleet of 52 aircraft, and is serving 60 domestic routes and 34 international routes with a total of 2,231 scheduled weekly flights.

It expects to operate 62 Airbus aircraft by 2017 as part of its $4 billion refleeting program.

Cebu Pacific recently announced new routes to Sydney, Australia and Kuwait as part of its strategy to boosts its long haul service.

Cebu Pacific also offers flights to Beijing, Singapore, and Tokyo.

The airline is also looking to mount possible flights to Myanmar, Canada and the US, particularly Hawaii and Guam.