The Philippine air travel industry sustained its growth, rising by 2.1 percent last year.
Data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed that a total of 49.23 million passengers were transported by the country?s airlines last year, up from 48.21 million in 2016.
Of the total, 24.81 million accounted for domestic passengers, slightly higher than the 24.42 million that flew the previous year.
Cebu Pacific remained the leading domestic carrier , attracting 11.95 million passengers, up from 12.07 million a year ago.
PAL Express came in next, flying 5.94 million passengers or an increase of 17 percent from the previous year.
Parent firm Philippines Airlines, carried 1.26 million passengers, 35 percent lower year on year.
Philippines AirAsia and CebGo had 3.44 million passengers and 1.77 million passengers, respectively. While Airswift and Magnum Air carried 179,337 passengers and 250,807 passengers, respectively.
Meanwhile, the number of passengers on international flights grew 12 percent to 24.4 million. Philippine Airlines remained the number one carrier in the international market, transporting 6.88 million passengers compared to only 6.05 million a year earlier.
Cebu Pacific, on the other hand, flew a total 4.74 million international passengers from 4.4 million while
Philippine AirAsia carried 1.36 million passengers from 913,089 million passengers.
Foreign airlines, meanwhile, transported 11.39 million passengers.