Cebu Pa­cific con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate Mla-Syd­ney route

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - By LOUELLA DESIDERIO

Cebu Pa­cific con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the Manila to Syd­ney route last year as it ac­counted for the big­gest share of the mar­ket.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the bud­get car­rier said it ac­counted for 40 per­cent of the Manila to Syd­ney mar­ket last year, beat­ing com­peti­tors Philip­pine Air­lines and Qan­tas which had 33 per­cent and 26 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Based on data from Aus­tralia’s Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nom­ics (BITRE), a to­tal 408,034 pas­sen­gers flew be­tween Manila and Syd­ney last year, up 10.76 per­cent from 2016.

Of the to­tal, Cebu Pa­cific car­ried 164,565 pas­sen­gers.

“We’re thrilled to have main­tained our po­si­tion as the key player on the Syd­ney – Manila route. We firmly be­lieve the Philippines is a great va­ca­tion choice for the Aus­tralian mar­ket. It’s within close prox­im­ity and has a va­ri­ety of leisure, recre­ation and re­lax­ation op­tions. We want Aus­tralians to con­tinue to em­brace long-haul, low-cost fly­ing, al­low­ing them to save on travel and splurge on the beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion that is the Philippines,” Candice Iyog, vice pres­i­dent for mar­ket­ing at Cebu Pa­cific, said.

In terms of air freight ser­vices, the BITRE re­port showed to­tal cargo vol­ume on the Syd­ney to Manila route grew 42 per­cent to 10,495 tons last year from 7,390 tons in 2016.

Of the to­tal, Cebu Pa­cific ac­counted for a 39.12 per­cent mar­ket share through 4,106 tons last year, post­ing a 68 per­cent growth year-on-year.

“The strong per­for­mance of freight ser­vices be­tween the Philippines and Aus­tralia is con­sis­tent with the sus­tained growth in two-way trade be­tween the two coun­tries. Con­sumer spend­ing and cap­i­tal for­ma­tion have fu­eled de­mand for cargo ca­pac­ity. We are op­ti­mistic that the ex­pan­sion of e-com­merce and the grow­ing need for low-cost and ef­fi­cient trans­port of time- and tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive goods will con­tinue to fuel our growth in the near to medium term,” said Alex Reyes, vice pres­i­dent for cargo at Cebu Pa­cific.

At present, Cebu Pa­cific of­fers the most num­ber of seats on the Manila to Syd­ney route with five flights per week.

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