Gokongwei-owned budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. logged the highest passenger share on flights between Manila and Sydney in the first five months, outpacing competition servicing this route.
According to data from Australia?s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics? (BITRE), Cebu Pacific snagged a 44 percent share of the passenger market, beating Philippine Airlines which captured a 32 percent share, and Qantas (24 percent).
Cebu Pacific carried a total of 14,039 passengers,, up 33 percent year-on-year.
For May alone, a total of 32,017 passwngers flew to Sydney from Manila, representing an increase of 11 percent. This brings the total passenger volume to 175,782 as of the end of May, up 12 percent.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific?s cargo volume for this route jumped 88 percent to 950 tons from 505 tons. Its cargo services nearly tripled to 413 tons.
“Australia is one of our strongest international performers and we continue to see enormous growth and opportunities in the region. Our increased frequency will allow us to continue to offer Aussie travellers competitive year-round fares, driving tourism to the Philippines,? said Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution of Cebu Pacific.