Philippines budget carrier Cebu Pacific dominated its domestic airfreight market in the first quarter of 2012, carrying 22,100 tonnes. This volume exceeded the combined freight loads transported by competitors Philippine Airlines and Airphil Express, according to Civil Aeronautics Board data, and bested the carrier’s performance in the first quarter of 2011 by 23 percent.
The Civil Aeronautics Board reported that Cebu Pacific also led its domestic airfreight market in 2011, closing the year at 89,500 tonnes.
Cebu Pacific’s Candice Iyog attributed this volume and the carrier’s first-quarter tonnage to its vast domestic network. Iyog added that Cebu Pacific Cargo – which currently serves 30 domestic and 15 international destinations – works with 16 interline partners to attain worldwide reach. In preparation for more anticpated growth, the carrier boosted capacity during the first quarter of 2012, acquiring an Airbus A320 in January.
Airbus will hand over three more A320s to Cebu Pacific in the second half of 2012, according to a press release. These aircraft will provide the necessary capacity as Cebu Pacific launches four-weekly flights from Daveo, Philippians, to Kalibo and Puerto Princesa and augments its network in the near future.