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Ph air travel down 77% in 2020

Domestic air travel was dealt a massive blow by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Philippine air passenger traffic faltered to 6.88 million last year from 29.53 million in 2019, by far the sharpest decline in the industry.

Cebu Pacific transported the highest number of passengers carried with 3.14 million domestic travellers, down 75.9 percent from 13.03 million domestic passengers in 2019.

This was followed by PAL Express with 1.44 million domestic passengers, 79.4 percent lower than the 7.01 million flown a year ago.

Philippine Airlines carried a total of 401,033 domestic passengers compared to 1.63 million in 2019.

AirAsia Philippines flew 1.38 million domestic passengers last year as against 5.34 million in 2019.

International passenger traffic declined to 6.24 million from 30.52 million.

Domestic airlines carried 3.13 million international passengers versus 16.47 million in 2019 while foreign carriers transported a total of 3.11 million international passengers last year compared to 14.05 million international in 2019.

Philippine Airlines carried the most number of international passengers last year with 1.75 million, down from 7.6 million in 2019.

This was followed by Cebu Pacific with 906,665 international passengers, Philippines AirAsia, 381,018 international passengers and PAL Express, 12,037 international passengers.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) the aviation industry to remain cash negative throughout the year.

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