Cebu Pacific boosts domestic leadership with 57% market share in 2022

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its position as the Philippines’ leading carrier with a 57% domestic market share for 2022, up 5 percentage points compared to 52% back in 2019, based on data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

CEB flew close to 13.5M domestic passengers in 2022, up 312% from the previous year, indicating strong recovery in both capacity and passenger traffic.

Combined with its international operations, CEB flew over 14.8 million passengers for full year 2022, 335% higher year-on-year, for a seat load of 75%, which rose 14.7 percentage points year-on-year.  Higher travel demand both domestically and internationally, coupled with the easing of various travel regulations, drove the steep recovery for CEB in 2022.

In the fourth quarter, CEB flew 4.4 million passengers, 6% higher quarter-on-quarter, for a seat load of 78%, up 3.6 percentage points quarter on quarter, as the holiday peak season encouraged a further uptrend in travel demand for both domestic and international destinations. Key destinations such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, also eased their travel restrictions during the quarter, enabling the airline to accelerate recovery of its international network. Hong Kong, one of CEB’s largest markets, also lifted its mandatory quarantine requirements in December.

With these, CEB flew over 587,000 passengers to short-haul international destinations in the 4th quarter, an increase of 97% compared to the third quarter. Long-haul destinations, namely, Dubai and Sydney, likewise contributed to the growth, posting a 14% increase in passenger volume quarter-on-quarter

CEB flew over 108,300 flights and over 19.7 million seats during the year and ended 2022 at 92% of pre-pandemic capacity.

In 2023, CEB is firmly in place for full recovery and expects to restore 100% of its pre-COVID network and capacity in March, aided by its unbeatable seat sales, widest domestic network, and reinstatement of all its international destinations.

For starters, CEB has strengthened its Clark hub by operating a combined 13 domestic and international destinations from Clark International Airport, making it the largest airline servicing northern and central Luzon. CEB will lease five (5) aircraft in 2023 to address capacity and growing passenger demand. These are on top of the 10 new Airbus NEO aircraft that will be delivered in 2023 to expand the airline’s entire fleet.

“Three of the aircraft will be used to re-start the Clark base. The two other aircraft will be used to support overall growth ambitions as CEB recovers fully from the pandemic,” said Xander Lao, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Commercial Officer.

For more details regarding CEB’s operating statistics for 4Q and FY 2022, you may visit:


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