Domestic air carrier Cebu Pacific announced that it has transported 1.61 million international passengers for the first nine months of 2010, up by 37 percent from 1.17 million carried in the same period in 2009.
For the same period, the airline grew its domestic operations by 16 percent for a system-wide passenger growth of 20 percent.
Cebu Pacific had been ranked first among Philippine carriers for carrying the most number of combined domestic and international passengers since the first quarter of 2010.
“This remarkable international passenger growth is attributed to our robust positions in Asian destinations, such as Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Macau,” Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said.
“Our continued expansion and trademark low fares have made a big impact on travel and tourism. Even during the traditionally lean month of September this year, we flew 24 percent more than last year with over 860,000 passengers,” she added.
To boost international travel further, Cebu Pacific will mount additional flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta and Brunei this December 2010. Services to Brunei were launched just last Aug. 21, 2010.
The airline also announced that its Seoul and Bangkok operations will be strengthened with twice daily and 10 times weekly flights, respectively, early next year.