Cebu Pacific leads domestic cargo with 48% share in Jan-Sept
MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific continued to lead the domestic cargo market in the first 9 months of 2012.
Citing Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) data in its December 10 statement, Cebu Pacific said it carried 70.4 million kilograms from January to September, besting the combined cargo loads of about 62 million carried by Philippine Airlines and Airphil Express, rivals from the San Miguel-Lucio Tan group.
Cebu Pacific also led the domestic cargo market in 2011 with close to 89.5 million kilos carried for the full year.
"This highlights Cebu Pacific’s extensive domestic route network and preferred cargo services. With multiple daily flights to most key cities in the Philippines, cargo forwarders and shippers trust [Cebu Pacific] to link islands together in the fastest time," stressed Cebu Pacific vice president for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
"We currently serve more than 2,000 accounts, tailor-fitting cargo products to our clients’ domestic and international cargo needs. This includes express cargo service, seamless transshipment and 16 interline partnerships for worldwide reach," Iyog added.
Cebu Pacific earlier reported carrying 9.8 million domestic passengers in the January-to-September period, 12% more than the 8.7 million carried year ago.
It aims to fly a total of 14 million passengers this 2012, both for local and international destinations.
The increase was driven mainly by the strengthening of the airline’s domestic route network out of Cebu, and additional capacity to key international destinations.
“We were able to increase passengers from Cebu to Visayas by 47%, to Luzon by 42%, and to Mindanao by 30%. This best illustrates the Cebu Pacific effect—whenever we enter new markets or add capacity, we effectively stimulate travel and enable every Juan to fly with our trademark low fares,” said Iyog.
The airline also reported a strong growth in its international passengers to and from Malaysia (19%), Taiwan (25%), mainland China (29%) and Brunei (24%).
“We launched 10 domestic routes in October, as well as the first international flights out of Iloilo, CEB’s Iloilo-Hong Kong and Iloilo-Singapore services, in November. We will also launch Cebu-Bangkok and Cebu-Kuala Lumpur services in December,” Iyog added. - Rappler.com