Cebu Pacific 1st in local travel, PAL tops int’l market
Philippine air passenger traffic for both domestic and international flights soared 6.7 percent in the first half, the Civil Aeronautics Board said over the weekend.
Data from CAB recorded a total of 25.12 million passengers from January to June this year.
Domestic air traffic accounted for 12.79 million passengers, up from 12.26 million in the same period a year ago.
Cebu Pacific continued to dominate the domestic market, carrying 6.14 million passengers during the period. The figure, however, was 4.6 percent lower than the previous year. Subsidiary CebGo saw a 25 percent jump in passenger traffic to 907,297.
PAL Express had a total passenger traffic of 3.35 million or an increase of 36.7 percent year on year while Philippine Airlines carried 554, 835 passengers or 51.4 percent down from the previous year.
Philippines Air Asia, on the other hand, carried 1.5 million passengers, up 18.65 percent.
Other airlines namely AirSwift Transport Inc., Magnum Air and Air Juan Aviation flew 93,611 passengers, 136,396 passengers and 8,893 passengers, respectively.
Meanwhile, international passenger traffic jumped 9.57 percent to 12.36 million passengers.
Foreign carriers carried 5.79 million passengers during the period , up 4.7 percent.
Domestic carriers, on the other hand, transported 6.58 million international passengers, or an increase of 14.4 percent.
PAL remains the number one carrier in the international market with 3.49 million passengers. This represented an increase of 17 percent from the previous year.
Cebu Pacific carried 2.43 million international passengers, up from 2.28 million a year earlier.
Philippines Air Asia had 651,642 international passengers or an increase of 53.8 percent.