5J Rules domestic traffic in 2009

by Lenie Lectura
Business Mirror

Monday, 08 February 2010

DOMESTIC passenger air traffic last year increased by 25 percent to 14.74 million compared with 11.76 million in 2008, aided by the airlines’ aggressive pricing strategies, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Airways and Seair transported a total of 14,746,438 passengers out of the possible 18,965,130 seats for domestic travel during the period.

Of the total number, Cebu Pacific, the airline unit of conglomerate JG Summit, recorded 7,234,162 passengers compared with PAL’s 6,047,045.

Cebu Pacific recorded a load factor of 81 percent against PAL’s 77 percent during the period out of a possible 8,941,840 seats for Cebu Pacific and 7,871,586 seats allocated by PAL. Air Philippines, the low-cost partner of PAL, recorded 408,863 passengers out of the possible 588,948 seats; Zest Airways, formerly Asian Spirit, reported 872,223 passengers and 1,309,002 allotted seats and Seair transported 184,145 passengers out of the possible 253,754 allocated seats.

Air Philippines reported a load factor of 69 percent; Zest Air, 67 percent and Seair, 73 percent.

Air Philippines is 99-percent owned by the Lucio Tan Group. PAL, however, is 95-percent owned by Tan.

For cargo, a total of 148,065,939 kilograms were recorded in 2009, as against 136,369,643 kg reported in 2008. Of the number, Cebu Pacific transported 76,412,595 kg; PAL 66,893,326; Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines 3,626,185; Air Phil 771,366; and Seair 362,467 kg.

In 2008, PAL carried a total of 4,908,876 passengers; Air Phil 913,570; Cebu Pacific 5,350,795; Asian Spirit 374,145; and Seair 217,879.

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