Cebu Pacific flew 6-M passengers in Jan-Apr

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2015 01:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2015 09:43 PM

MANILA – Cebu Pacific said it flew more passengers in the first four months of the year compared to the passenger volume posted in the same period last year.

The budget airline said Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flew nearly 6 million passengers from January to April 2015, about 11 percent more than the 5.37 million in the same period last year.

Cebu Pacific’s flights also jumped 12 percent in the period to 44,395 from 39,489 while its capacity grew 16 percent to 7.37 million from 6.37 million.

In April alone, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flew about 1.7 million passengers, a 6.7 percent increase from the 1.58 million last year.

Cebu Pacific and Cebgo, which was formerly known as Tigerair Philippines, are expecting to service 18 million passengers this year on the back of low fares and additional routes.

“I think we are shooting for about 18 million for both Cebu Pacific and Cebgo,” Cebu Pacific president Lance Gokongwei earlier said.

Cebu Pacific recently launched direct flights to Doha, Qatar as it continues to beef up its long-haul routes including Dubai, Riyadh, Sydney, and Kuwait.

Gokongwei said the airline is planning to mount direct flights to Hawaii and Guam within the year.