Preparing to cut the ribbon to celebrate the launch of four new domestic routes by Philippine Airlines from Cebu on 26 March are: Benedicto Yap, AVP Visayas/Mindanao Station, Philippine Airlines; Reyani Romano, Philippine Airlines Area Head for Visayas Sales and Services; Judy Gabato, OIC, Department of Tourism Region 7; Salvador Britanico, Jr., Philippine Airlines VP Inflight Services; and Ravishankar Saravu, CCO, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation. The airline’s share of the domestic market, as measured by seat capacity, has now increased to 32%.
- Philippine Airlines has used the start of the summer season to grow its domestic network by five routes. Four of these involved Cebu (CEB) with all new services from there operated daily. The airline is using a mix of its own A320s and turboprop aircraft flown by its subsidiary PAL Express. On three of the five new routes the national flag carrier will face competition from its main rival Cebu Pacific Air and its subsidiary CebGo. The average sector length of these new routes is 467 kilometres. According to OAG Schedules Analyser these new routes increase Philippine Airlines’ share of the domestic market to almost 32% of seat capacity, still well behind Cebu Pacific (46%) but ahead of Philippines AirAsia (11%) and CebGo (8%). Vote for either of Cebu’s cakes in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote. Vote for either of Cebu’s four FTWAs in this week’s Arch of Triumph Public Vote.
|General Santos (GES)
||Cebu Pacific Air (11)
|Puerto Princesa (PPS)
||Cebu Pacific Air (14)
||Puerto Princesa (PPS)
|Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database. OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 28 March 2017. WF = Weekly frequencies