– Cebu Pacific has now a market share of 37% of all passengers.
– The airline is now looking to get approval for Manila-Melbourne.
Low cost carrier Cebu Pacific has managed to become the largest carrier between Manila and Sydney in just a year time.
The airline launched last year four weekly frequencies in an Airbus A330 to Sydney and added already an additional frequence in January due to the route’s success. The aircraft has a configuration of 436 all-economy class seats.
According to data released by Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), from September 2014 to May 2015, BITRE reported a 62% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic between Manila and Sydney. Cebu Pacific market share represent 96% of the incremental growth.
During this nine-month period there were 232,876 passengers on the route. Cebu Pacific flew 85,264 passengers or 37% of total passenger traffic while measured in seat capacity, the airline’s market share accounted for 35.8% of all seats on offer.
“The significant passenger avolume growth between Manila and Sydney validates the Cebu Pacific effect. CEB’s low fares continue to drive trade and tourism between our countries. We look forward to offering the most affordable fares to even more destinations in Australia in the coming months,” said Alex Reyes, CEB General Manager for Long Haul Division.
The carrier is expecting now to get traffic rights to fly also to Melbourne out of Manila. Cebu Pacific management is lobbying Australian air authorities for an increase in air traffic rights. It could translate to increase frequencies to Sydney to a daily flight, a service to Melbourne and in the longer terms new routes to Brisbane and Perth.