Cebu Pacific Jan-May passenger volume up 6%

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Gokongwei-owned budget airline Cebu Pacific carried 6.278 million passengers in the first 5 months of 2013, nearly 6% higher than the 5.928 million it recorded in the same period of 2012

MORE PASSENGERS. Cebu Pacific grew its passenger volume by 6% in January-May 2013 from the previous year

MANILA, Philippines – Gokongwei-owned budget airline Cebu Pacific carried 6.278 million passengers in the first 5 months of 2013, nearly 6% higher than the 5.928 million it recorded in the same period of 2012.

Of the total, 4.847 million were domestic passengers. The number was 5.4% more than the 4.599 million that the budget airline carried in January to May last year.

Foreign passengers reached 1.43 million, up 7.6% from 2012’s 1.329 million.

In May alone, Cebu Pacific passengers reached 1.392 million, up 8.4% year on year. The number of domestic passengers grew an annual 9.8% to 1.097 million, while foreign passengers totaled 294,677, up 3.4%.

While the numbers for May were positive, Cebu Pacific president Lance Gokongwei said June was a “difficult” month for the budget airline. A Cebu Pacific plane overshot the Davao airport, raising safety concerns.

Aviation regulators suspended the pilots manning the plane, ruling they were responsible for the mishap.

Cebu Pacific was not sanctioned, but it was asked to comply with an action plan.

Gokongwei assured the public that they would comply with all the aviation authority’s recommendations and would improve their training procedures.

“June is a difficult month for us but safety has always been the higher priority for Cebu Pacific,” he earlier said.

Cebu Pacific said it would likely miss its 15 million passenger target for 2013 due to the Davao incident, and a slowdown in aircraft traffic in the country.

Latest data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed air traffic in the Philippines went up by a measly 1.1% to 9.576 million passengers in the first quarter from the year-ago level of 9.47 million.

Cebu Pacific operates the most extensive route network in the Philippines, and flies to 22 international destinations including Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. – Rappler.com

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