MORE than a million and a half passengers were flown by budget carrier Cebu Pacific and sister airline Tigerair Philippines last month, a 11.7-percent increase from the figure posted in the same month last year.

Cebu-Pacific-Bali-Indonesia-Flights-600x272This brought the airlines’ passenger volume to 4.28 million passengers during the first three months of the year. This was higher than the 3.79 million passengers in the first quarter of 2013.

Capacity, counted by the number of seats, rose by a faster 18.1 percent to 5.42 million seats from 4.59 million seats in 2014. This brought passenger load factor to 78.9 percent, down by 3.6 points from 82.5 percent.

In March, the group operated approximately 2,800 weekly flights, utilizing a fleet of 55 aircraft, one of the most modern fleets in the world.

During this time, Cebu Pacific launched direct Kalibo-Hong Kong and Cebu-Tokyo flights, while Tigerair Philippines launched Manila-Legazpi and Cebu-Puerto Princesa flights.



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