By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Budget airline Cebu Pacific is looking to end 2019 as the largest airline in terms of capacity at Clark International Airport (CRK); Busuanga and Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan, after launching services between Clark and Guangzhou, China; Clark and Puerto Princesa; and between Puerto Princesa and Hong Kong. This will give Cebu Pacific a 28% capacity share at CRK by year-end 2019.
Cebu Pacific has been increasing its flights and frequencies from CRK to both domestic and international destinations. The airline operates 190 flights weekly from CRK to Bacolod, Bohol, Boracay (Caticlan), Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo Narita, and Singapore.
In a statement, Cebu Pacific Chief Strategy Officer Alexander Lao said, "Cebu Pacific has taken a measured pace of expansion in Clark, but we have always believed in the potential of Clark. Over the past 12 months, our capacity growth in Clark hit over 90%. With the growth in passenger traffic in Clark, we are bullish that the new routes we launched over the past few months will continue to perform strongly."
Cebu Pacific looks also to end 2019 with a 46% capacity share in Palawan, particularly Puerto Princesa and Busuanga airports. Cebu Pacific operates around 190 weekly flights to and from Palawan, translating to over 1.1 million seats.
From Puerto Princesa, Cebu Pacific operates direct flights to Clark, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo. The airline also operates direct flights from Busuanga to and from Manila and Clark.
Cebu Pacific Vice President for Commercial Alex Reyes said, "We remain confident that Hong Kong will bounce back, and despite current concerns, there is continued demand for travel between Hong Kong and the Philippines. We are confident in the potential of Palawan to grow tourism sustainably, and we will continue to work with our stakeholders in Palawan to better connect the province to the rest of the Philippines and to key tourist catchpoints in Asia."
The budget airline ramped up capacity by 23% or 19 million seats as of end of September 2019.