Cebu Pacific posts strong revenue return for Q2 2023

Cebu Pacific and Air Asia planes parked at Ninoy Aquino airport in the Philippines.
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Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) has demonstrated its resilience and growth potential with some very sound financial figures for the second quarter of 2023.

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global situation, Cebu Air Inc. generated a total revenue of P22.7 billion during the quarter.

This notable achievement represents a remarkable 62% increase compared to the same period last year, underscoring the airline’s ability to adapt and excel even in turbulent times.

Revenue and Flight Performance


Looking closely at the numbers, CEB’s Q2 2023 revenue of P22.7 billion is undoubtedly a commendable feat. However, it’s important to note that this figure is still 4% lower than the pre-pandemic second quarter of 2019.

The impact of the pandemic on the aviation industry continues to linger, yet Cebu Pacific’s consistent growth trajectory is evident. This growth is further highlighted by the impressive 22% increase in the number of flights flown during the quarter compared to the previous year.

Despite this, it’s worth mentioning that the number of flights remains 1% below the same period in 2019, signaling the airline’s ongoing efforts to regain its pre-pandemic operations.

Passenger Metrics


The heart of any airline’s success lies in its ability to cater to passengers, and in this aspect, Cebu Air Inc. has shown remarkable progress. The airline transported a staggering 5.46 million passengers during Q2 2023, reflecting a remarkable 29% increase year on year.

This surge in passenger numbers can be attributed to the easing of international travel restrictions, enabling a steady influx of travelers.

However, it’s important to acknowledge that despite this growth, the passenger count remains 8% lower than the levels seen in 2019, a reminder of the enduring impact of the pandemic on international travel.

Operational Landscape


Cebu Air Inc. has not been immune to the challenges that have rippled through the aviation industry. The second quarter of 2023 brought about its own set of hurdles, including global industry challenges and weather-related issues that tested the airline’s resilience.

These challenges, while tempering the initial growth outlook, have also showcased the airline’s adaptability and commitment to ensuring passenger safety and satisfaction.

A newly delivered Cebu Pacific Airbus A320neo aircraft on the ramp.
Photo Credit: Avolon

The financial aspect of Cebu Air Inc.’s performance in Q2 2023 is equally noteworthy. Operating expenses totaled P20.2 billion, marking a 20% increase year on year and a 9% rise compared to 2019.

The escalation in operating expenses is primarily attributed to the rise in fuel prices, aircraft maintenance costs, and other fleet-related expenditures.

However, amidst these financial considerations, CEB managed to achieve a significant milestone. The operating income for the quarter stood at over P2.5 billion, marking a substantial recovery from last year’s loss of over P2.8 billion.

This recovery accounts for a remarkable 50% of the pre-pandemic operating income for the same period, showcasing CEB’s strong financial rebound.

From Loss to Gain


One of the most compelling narratives of CEB’s Q2 2023 performance is its transformation from a P1.9 billion net loss in the second quarter of the previous year to a net income of P2.7 billion in the same period of 2023.

This striking turnaround not only underscores the airline’s resilience but also its ability to navigate the complex economic landscape and emerge stronger.

As a result, CEB closed the first half of 2023 with a positive equity of P726 million, a testament to its strategic financial management. The airline’s total assets, valued at P165 billion, stand as a testament to its robust infrastructure, covering a fleet of 80 aircraft.

Cebu Pacific CEO Statement


In the words of Alexander Lao, CEB’s President and Chief Commercial Officer, “The past few months have been one of the toughest for CEB, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide safe, reliable, and affordable flights to our passengers and support economic growth in the Philippines and across the region.”

It seems that the carrier’s sound second quarter results stand as testament to this firm statement of CEB’s mission to not only weather the challenges but to rise above them.

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