Davao among most popular destinations for Cebu Pacific

Louella Desiderio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Davao has emerged as one of the most popular destinations for budget carrier Cebu Pacific.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific president and chief executive officer Lance Gokongwei said Davao has become one of the favorite destinations of passengers as the airline has flown an average of 44,000 passengers weekly.

Cebu Pacific’s full-year 2015 passenger volume to and from Davao reached over 2.15 million, up four percent from 2014.

The carrier continued to see encouraging figures in the first quarter of this year as it flew close to 570,000 passengers to and from Davao, a 13 percent uptick from the same period in 2015.

Cargo volume of Cebu Pacific to and from Davao likewise yielded strong results, as the Davao market which accounted for more than a fifth of the carrier’s total domestic cargo volume in 2015, rose 17 percent compared to 2014.

“We look forward to helping boost more business and leisure opportunities for the people of Davao, and to enabling more travelers to explore this vibrant Southern capital,” Gokongwei said.

Davao which is one of Cebu Pacific’s six strategic hubs in the country, runs a total of 128 frequencies and over 52,000 seats (or close to 300 flights) per week to seven key domestic and international destinations.

The carrier operates flights on the Manila-Davao and Cebu-Davao routes, where it holds 51 percent seat share and 61 percent seat share, respectively.

At present, Cebu Pacific is the only carrier which connects Davao to four other Philippine destinations such as Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Zamboanga.

It is likewise the only Philippine carrier with international operations out of Davao, after launching flights to Singapore available twice per week last December.

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