By Maya M. Padillo
An official of Cebu Pacific has announced that they intend to fly 20 million passengers nationwide this 2017 and also targets significant number from the 20 million from Davao City as their only hub in Mindanao.
Over the next five years CebPac envisions to fly 100 million more passengers until 2021.
In an interview, Cebu Pacific corporate commu-nications director Charo Lagamon said a significant target of this year will come from Davao being the airline’s only hub in Min-danao.
Lagamon said the demand has been really high in terms of load factor in Davao with an average rate or take up is 82 percent.
“So that (80 percent) is pretty high. Meaning on the average sa bawat isang flight its probably 80 percent full that’s pretty good for any carrier to have that kind of load factor. Our flights on the average is 82 percent full so that’s why there’s a perception na mahal yung fare prero hindi. It’s a regular fare its just that abtik ang mga tao nga mangita sa promo,” she said.
In Davao, CEB operates direct flights from Clark, Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga and straight to Singapore. Cebu Pacific has the most extensive route network among Philip-pine carriers with direct inter-island connections to major tourist destinations. Operating a hub in Davao, the airline has 141 flights to and from Davao with six direct domestic routes (Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Zamboanga and Manila).
“Just a snapshot of our Davao operations from 2013 to 2016 we started 2013 just a little over 2 million seats total,” Lagamon said.
In 2016 the airline ended a total of 2.495 million seats, which is a total of 122 flights per week. Today CEB has 141 flights, which is about 2.6 million seats for Davao only.
“141 flights load factor of 82 percent which is the highest among competitor carriers in Davao and in Davao only we have flown over 2 million passengers in 2016. We do have the largest network in and out of Davao,” Lagamon said.
Lagamon said for 2016 their total revenue reached P61.9 billion since 1996 and carried over 140 million passengers. She said CEB commands 58 percent of the domestic passenger market and about 50 percent of the cargo market.
“We have the most extensive domestic route across the Philippines. We have inter-island routes so you need not pass through Metro manila all the time because you have the option not to. Last month we launched new flights so we have direct flights from Cagayan de Oro-Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro-Tagbilaran,” she said.
Lagamon also announced starting May 15 this year they will start Clark-Caticlan, Clark-Busuanga and Cebu-Bu-suanga routes; and on May 16 their Cebu-Cotabato route will start.
“We have 37 domestic destinations and 29 inter-national destinations. Davao is our Mindanao hub. That’s a total of 66 domestic and international destinations that’s 108 routes and that’s over 2,800 flights per week. Our current fleet is 59 aircraft which is basically segregated into airbus and ATR,” she said.
The airline’s extensive network also covers over 100 routes and 66 destinations spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.