Posts 15% passenger growth in 1H 2012
The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) celebrates its 10th year of operations in South Korea on October 2012.
CEB first flew to South Korea with flights to Incheon (Seoul) in 2002. It now operates a total of thrice daily flights from Manila and Cebu to Incheon (Seoul), and a total of eight weekly flights from Manila and Cebu to Busan. Lowest year-round fares between South Korea and the Philippines start at PHP3,999.
“Incheon was CEB’s 2nd international destination. Since 2002, we have recognized how important it is to provide direct linkage between the Philippines and South Korea and have responded with more flights and routes for the benefit of business and leisure travellers,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
CEB flew more than 195,000 passengers between the Philippines and South Korea in the 1st half of 2012, a 15% increase compared to the same period last year.
For the 10th anniversary of operations in South Korea, Ceb, CEB’s lovable plane mascot, entertained guests at the Busan International Airport terminal last October 8 to 9, 2012. A photo exhibit highlighting the many fun activities in the Philippines will also run from October 1 to 15, 2012 at the Busan International Airport.
Last October 11, 2012, there was also a thanksgiving anniversary event in Seoul, which was attended by the Philippine Embassy in South Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Incheon International Airport Authority, media and partners in the tourism and travel industry.
“The success of Cebu Pacific in South Korea is also the success of the Philippine travel industry. South Korea has been our number one source of tourists for seven years running,” said Ambassador Luis Cruz of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in South Korea.
Philippine Department of Tourism reports indicate that 925,000 Koreans visited the Philippines in 2011, a 25% increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, CEB flew more than 380,000 passengers to and from South Korea, a 51% passenger increase compared to 2011.
Iyog said, “We remain committed in promoting the tourism potentials of both countries. The Philippines is South Korea’s closest tropical neighbor, and has many internationally renowned beach and diving destinations. This includes Coron, Cebu, Boracay, Bohol and Palawan.”
“Similarly, CEB’s flights and trademark low fares and extensive route network also gives travelers from the Philippines more opportunities to experience South Korea’s K-pop culture, temples, amusement parks and ski resorts,” she added.
For bookings and inquiries, passengers can go to www.cebupacificair.com or call (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales and promos can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.
CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 21 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 39 aircraft – with an average age of 3.6 years – is the largest aircraft fleet in the Philippines. Between 2012 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 21 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders. It is slated to begin long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013.
In its 16th year of operations, CEB had flown over 65 million passengers. It provides access to the most extensive network in the Philppines, with 32 domestic and 19 international destinations. The airline also remains a pioneer in the Philippine aviation industry by being the first to offer web check-in, self check-in, e-ticketing and Lite Fares.