Domestic Air Transport Soars in 2010

Up by 15% in first quarter

May 27, 2010

Manila - Passenger traffic in the Philippines increased almost 15 percent while cargo traffic grew by more than a third in the first three months of 2010, government data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed.

Cebu Pacific carried the most number of passengers at 1.97 million, up 22 percent from 1.61 million followed closely by Philippine Airlines which carried 1.41 million passengers, down however by 8 percent from 1.5 million.

Other domestic airlines, such as the Zest Air, Air Philippines and Southeast Asian Airlines also managed to register increase in number of its passengers with the following figures; 251,765 (up 120 percent), 202,892 (up 63 percent), and 68,757 (up 61 percent). Their load factors stood at 68 percent, 66 percent and 79 percent.

The number of airline passengers in the country reached 3.89 million as compared to 3.4 million passengers in 2009.

Average Load factor however remained at 79% due to 15% increase in seating capacity equivalent to 4.93 million according to CAB.

Cebu Pacific accounted for more than half of the total passenger traffic and its load factor increased to 82 percent from 81 percent. Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines load factor declined to 79 percent from 80 percent.

Cebu Pacific also carried 1.97 million kilos (up 22 percent), Philippine Airlines 17.63 million kilos (up 38 percent), Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines 594,979 kilos (up 8 percent), Air Philippine 284,151 kilos (up 49 percent), and Seair 92,534 kilos (down 9 percent).

Consolidated cargo output in the first quarter grew 37 percent to 39.1 million kilos from 28.6 million kilos in the same period in 2009.

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