Domestic air passenger, cargo traffic up as of September

November 17, 2010

THE NUMBER of people and cargo transported by air around the Philippines increased in the nine months to September from a year ago, data the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) released yesterday showed.

Specifically, the data showed that total number of passengers increased by a tenth to 12.26 million from 11.09 million, while cargo rose by a bigger 34.33% to 134.81 million kilograms from 100.36 million kg.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) carried 4.09 million passengers, 11.66% less than 4.63 million last year, but 20% more cargo at 53.45 million kg from 44.55 kg. Its load factor -- or the percentage of available seats that were actually occupied -- rose slightly to 79% from 78%.

PAL sister firm Air Philippines flew 1.12 million passengers, more than triple than 320,651 last year, and 4.78 million kg of cargo, nearly eight times more than the 605,913 kg recorded the same period last year. Its load factor dipped to 69% from 74%.

Cebu Pacific Air carried 5.98 million passengers, up 11.99% from 5.34 million, and 66.84 million kg of cargo, a 27.7% increase from 52.34 million kg. Load factor improved to 84% from 81% in the same periods.

Zest Air passengers rose 36.9% to 902,935 from 659,544, while it transported 8.93 million kg of cargo this year. No comparative cargo figure was given last year. Load factor improved to 71% from 69%.

Southeast Asian Airlines passengers increased 24.68% to 159,086 from 127,600, but it flew 27.5% less cargo at 194,961 kg from 268,902 kg. Its load factor, however, rose to 76% from 71%.

Finally, Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines carried four times less cargo at 594,979 kg from 2.59 million kg.

CAB Executive Director Carmelo L. Arcilla said in an interview yesterday that his office is "expecting double-digit growth by the end of this year." -- AMPD

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