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CebuPac seeks more seat entitlements to Australia

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is seeking more seat entitlements to Australia amid the growing passenger traffic.

Alex Reyes, general manager for long haul division of Cebu Pacific, said the low cost carrier is expanding its services between Manila and Sydney on the back of the growing number of tourists.

“We look forward to expanding our services and further growing inbound tourism into our countries,” Reyes said.

According to Reyes, Cebu Pacific has increased the number of flights between Manila and Sydney to five times a week three months after it launched four-times weekly non-stop flights to Australia in September last year.

“In the first four months of operations, Cebu Pacific’s low fares and direct, non-stop services significantly stimulated inbound traffic into the Philippines and Australia,” he added.

For the month of January this year alone, the budget airline carried 13,875 passengers between Manila and Sydney.

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Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure Trade and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported a 42 percent increase in passenger traffic between Sydney and Manila since Cebu Pacific launched direct flights to Australia.

Prior to the entry of Cebu Pacific, passenger traffic between Sydney and Manila was growing at a compound annual growth rate of eight percent over five years.

Cebu Pacific is set to join the air talks between the Philippines and Australia scheduled in Canberra on April 28 as its seat entitlements are already fully utilized.

Analysis from leading aviation think tank Centre for Aviation, indicates that routes between Australia and the Philippines are underserviced.

Currently, there are about 5,800 weekly one-way seats between the two countries. This compares with other popular tourism destinations in Asia, such as Indonesia and Thailand, where there are approximately 36,000 and 22,000 weekly one-way seats respectively.

 

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