Cebu Pacific (CEB) cargo revenues grew 27 percent to P2.81 billion in the first half of 2021, compared to the same time last year, due to higher demand for air cargo amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CEB transported 53.8 million kg of cargo from January to June this year, accounting for 48 percent of the airline’s total income. In the second quarter of 2021, CEB carried a total of 28.7 million kilograms of goods across its domestic network and international destinations.
Electronics, automobile components, aquaculture products, medical supplies, fruits, and flowers were among the main commodities carried by international freight.
Throughout the pandemic, CEB looked for new ways to supplement its shipping business.
The airline launched hybrid flights, in which one sector carries people and the other only cargo.
“We continue to make sure the transport of essential goods remains unhampered as we ramp up our cargo operations and capabilities,” explained Xander Lao, CEB’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“This past year has enabled us to pivot our business and focus on maximizing the use of our fleet, including our freighters, to ensure logistics support is fully covered,” he noted.
The airline continued to transport vaccines from abroad to the Philippines, and across its domestic network.
To date, it has already carried over 16.5 million vaccine doses from China, on top of over 7 million flown across 23 provinces in the country.
CEB operates the widest domestic network in the Philippines covering 31 destinations, on top of its eight international destinations.
Its 74-strong fleet, one of the youngest in the world, includes two dedicated ATR freighters and one A330 freighter.