No.5 in Asia, No. 23 in world for most
number of passengers carried
Among the world’s 30 largest low-cost carriers in 2007, Cebu Pacific
(CEB) ranked first in terms of revenue passengers per kilometer growth,
according to the Airline Business magazine’s May, 2008 issue.
CEB was also ranked No. 23 in the world and No. 5 in Asia in total passengers
carried in 2007.
CEB carried a total of almost 5.5 million passengers in 2007, up 57.4% from
Lance Y. Gokongwei, CEB president and CEO, said, “This is a testament that
our offering -- new aircraft and most affordable fares -- has caught on and we
believe will continue to gain momentum.”
This year, CEB expects to fly 7 million passengers as it takes delivery of
new planes and expands its service domestically and internationally.
CEB recently offered an unprecedented 500,000 seats for free with the
passengers paying only for the surcharges and government tax.
Southwest Airlines (USA) topped the low-cost carrier category with 88.7
million passengers, followed by Ryanair (Ireland), easyJet (UK), Air Berlin
(Germany) and AirTran Airways. CEB joins Indonesia’s Lion Air (1) and the now
defunct Adam Air (4), Malaysia’s AirAsia (2), and Deccan (3) of India in Asia’s
CEB has a fleet of ten A319s, eight A320s, and two ATR 72-500 aircraft. The
airline flies to 14, soon to be 16 international destinations with the addition
of Kaohsiung in June and Kota Kinabalu on July. It will also add Tuguegarao and
Naga,in its domestic network in June and San Jose (Mindoro) in July.