Sydney Airport pulled out all the stops in welcoming Cebu Pacific Air’s inaugural flight from Manila on 9 September. Welcoming Cebu Pacific Air’s Chief Executive Advisor Garry Kingshott with a cake and an exchange of gifts was Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather. Celebrations with flight and cabin crew were also held in the terminal, while there was a further photo opportunity on the apron. The Manila route is already served from Sydney by Philippine Airlines and Qantas.
- Cebu Pacific Air, the airline we examined in more detail last week, became the latest airline to enter the Australian air travel market with the introduction on 9 September of four times weekly flights on the 6,243-kilometre route from Manila (MNL) to Sydney (SYD). Frequency will increase to five flights per week from 10 December using the airline’s high density 436-seat A330-300s. Competition comes from Philippine Airlines and Qantas who both already serve the route with four weekly flights. Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather, said: “Cebu Pacific Air is our fourth international low cost carrier and the Philippines’ largest airline, offering connections from 24 cities in 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East, providing passengers more choice when travelling to Australia. The Philippines population reached 100 million in July this year and many of those people have friends and family living here in Sydney which is home to Australia’s largest Filipino community. This new service provides more choice and value for tourists and friends and family wishing to travel to Australia. This service is also good news for foreign students, with Filipino students making up the eighth largest contingent of international enrolments in vocational education in NSW.” The latest developments in Australia’s air travel trends are covered this week in our trends analysis. See how Sydney Airport’s fire truck water arch salute compares to others from around the world this week.