Cebu Pacific passenger numbers down due to Typhoon Yolanda

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc, Cebu Pacific, had fewer passengers in November 2013 because of flights that were cancelled by bad weather brought by Typhoon Yolanda.

Cebu Pacific passenger numbers down due to Typhoon Yolanda

MANILA, Philippines – Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc, Cebu Pacific, had fewer passengers in November 2013 because of flights that were cancelled by bad weather brought by Typhoon Yolanda.

According to Cebu Pacific, it had 1.06 million passengers in November last year, 7.8 percent lower than the 1.15 million who flew Cebu Pacific in November 2012.

The volume of domestic passengers declined 9.7 percent to 809, 324 from 896, 754 while there were 0.9 percent fewer international passengers, 250,656 against 252,992.

Cebu Pacific reported that it flew 13.1 million passengers from January to November last year, up 1.08 million higher against 12.02 million in the same period in 2012.

The airline’s seat capacity expanded by 9.4 percent to 15.99 million, meaning a lower load factor of 81.9 percent in the first 11 months of last year.

Cebu Pacific hoped to serve 15 million passengers in 2013, with the start of the Christmas season seen to compensate for a slowdown after two aircraft incidents in June.

Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said the airline’s low fares continued to fuel the double digit growth in domestic and international passengers.

“This is mostly due to continued stimulation through low fares,” Iyog said in a text message.

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