1Q Passenger Traffic Increases by 5% for Int’l and 12% for Domestic

Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines announced  that international passenger traffic for the 1st quarter of 2016 reached 5.61 million in January to March, up from 5.34 million passengers in the same period last year. International carriers account for 2.65 million passengers while Philippine carriers flew 2.95 million international passengers.

Despite this modest growth, passenger traffic is still hampered by slot limitation at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s main gateway.

International Traffic (1st quarter of 2016)


  1. Philippine Airlines – 1.55 million passengers (up from 1.46 million)
  2. Cebu Pacific Air – 1.12 million passengers (from 837,942)
  3. Philippines AirAsia – 222,330
  4. PAL Express – 60,992

Domestic Traffic (1st quarter of 2016)


  1. Cebu Pacific Air – 3.03 million passengers
  2. PAL Express – 1.15 million passengers
  3. Philippines AirAsia – 657,102 passengers
  4. Philippine Airlines – 563,070 passengers
  5. CebGo – 377,096 passengers
  6. AirSwift – 33,515 passengers
  7. Magnum Air – 30,191 passengers

CAB earlier reported a 12-percent increase in domestic passengers to 5.84 million in the first quarter from 5.23 million a year ago.

Philippine Air Traffic Slips 2.6% in Q1

MANILA, Philippines – Air traffic in the Philippines slipped close to three percent in the first quarter of the year amid the slight decline in international passengers with budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) emerging as the preferred airline of passengers.

Data released by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) yesterday showed that air traffic in the Philippines reached 9.32 million from January to March this year or about 254,000 lower compared to 9.576 million in the same period last year.

Volume of domestic passengers inched up 1.5 percent to 5.137 million in the first quarter from 5.062 million in the same period last year while volume of international passengers slipped by 7.1 percent to 4.18 million from 4.5 million.


Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific dominated the domestic market as it flew 2.65 million passengers followed by national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. and PAL Express with 1.658 million, AirAsia Zest with 514,761; Tiger Airways Philippines with 216,169; AirAsia with 74,739; Island Voyager with 17,841; and Magnum Air with 3,768.

In terms of traffic of international passengers, Philippine carriers flew 2.27 million passengers while foreign airlines carried 1.91 million passengers.

PAL, jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) flew 1.23 million passengers in the first quarter while its unit PAL Express carried 36,898 passengers.

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili, philstar.com