Saturday, 13 March 2010

Cebu Pacific to fly 12.1 million passengers annually by 2013

E. N. J. David
BusinessWorld
http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=7633

BUDGET AIRLINE Cebu Pacific expects to reach a capacity of 12.1 million passengers annually by 2013 as low fares continue to expand the market for air travel.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it would be carrying nearly the full capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) which indicates the need to expand the airport.
"By 2012 alone, we expect to carry 13 million passengers system-wide as we take delivery of 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft in the next three years and expand to new domestic and international destinations," said Candice A. Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice-president for marketing and distribution in the statement.

NAIA-3’s full capacity is 13 million.

Ms. Iyog said Cebu Pacific would not have grown if it had stayed in the old domestic terminal. "Transiting passengers, for instance, could catch their connecting flights with ease since our domestic and international operations are under one roof, as are other airlines, which put everyone on equal footing," said Ms. Iyog.

Officials of the state-owned airport operator, Manila International Airport Authority, could not be reached for comment.

All three terminals of NAIA and the domestic terminal have a total capacity of 33 million passengers a year. Last year, 24.5 million travellers passed through the four terminals.

Cebu Pacific’s total domestic traffic going through Manila reached 6.1 million last year, up by 33% from the previous year’s 4.6 million. International traffic rose by 29% to 1.2 million passengers in 2009 from 1.1 million passengers in 2008.

The airline expects to carry more than 10 million domestic and regional passengers this year.

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