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PHILIPPINE air traffic fell 9.13% for the first nine months of the year, according to preliminary data gathered by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

From 216,209,274 kilograms (kg), the total air cargo throughput and mail delivered into and out of the Philippines slipped to 196,476,109 kg (see table). Incoming cargoes reached 88,915,413 kg and outgoing cargoes, 107,560,696 kg.

International Cargo and Mail Statistics

By airline (January to September 2003 vs 2002) 2003 JAN TO SEPT January to September 2002 JAN TO SEPT January to September
  Incoming Outgoing TOTAL Incoming Outgoing TOTAL
1 Philippine Airlines 10,671,649 15,156,578 25,828,227 17,183,114 24,906,454 42,089,568
2 United Parcel Service 7,507,356 13,155,871 20,663,227 3,493,281 4,799,966 8,293,247
3 Cathay Pacific 10,019,775 9,666,586 19,686,361 11,498,292 11,268,339 22,766,631
4 Korean Air 5,995,665 8,752,145 14,747,810 5,296,164 9,659,832 14,955,996
5 Singapore Airlines 7,135,738 6,583,796 13,719,534 8,411,333 6,536,018 14,947,351
6 Nippon Cargo 3,468,221 6,511,302 9,979,523 5,013,990 8,137,650 13,151,640
7 Northwest Orient 3,976,734 5,769,653 9,746,387 3,408,015 5,323,327 8,731,342
8 Eva Air 4,296,815 4,520,748 8,817,563 5,724,156 4,947,379 10,671,535
9 Japan Airlines 5,482,737 7,331,664 1,731,027 5,856,705
10 Asiana Airlines 2,214,284 5,029,152 7,243,436 2,341,376 5,501,920 7,843,296
11 Federal express 4,756,462 2,196,954 6,953,416 5,585,911 1,962,730 7,548,641
12 KLM 3,748,835 2,396,676 6,145,511 3,728,058 2,129,527 5,857,585
13 Thai Airways Int’l 5,221,835 504,980 5,726,815 5,482,718 3,748,935 9,231,653
14 Pacific East Asia Cargo 2,289,251 3,261,509 5,550,760 4,164,958 4,270,227 8,435,185
15 China Airlines 4,575,085 959,082 5,534,167 4,058,404 1,373,580 5,431,984
16 Lufthansa 1,822,959 3,175,224 4,998,183 1,915,022 3,394,821 5,309,843
17 Gulf Air* 719,717 2,798,839 3,518,556 994,662 2,671,212 3,665,874
18 Cargolux 952,594 2,112,802 3,065,396 No Report No Report No Report
19 Polar Air Cargo 83,011 2,934,714 3,017,725 No Report No Report No Report
20 Malaysian Airlines 1,165,606 935,682 2,101,288 1,143,203 3,041,160 4,184,363
21 Egypt Air 470,100 1,087,095 1,557,195 545,742 876,318 1,422,060
22 Emirates Air 1,213,762 287,805 1,501,567 1,197,240 2,564,213 3,761,453
23 Qantas Airways 671,133 802,208 1,473,341 850,369 773,682 1,624,051
24 Air France 622,158 712,379 1,334,537 653,299 1,628,888 2,282,187
25 Qatar Airways 696,353 455,165 1,151,518 301,029 248,546 549,575
26 Kuwait Airways* 684,052 279,120 963,172 1,002,856 542,671 1,545,527
27 Saudi Arabia Airlines 773,190 117,903 891,093 682,177 185,766 867,943
28 Royal Brunei 449,293 397,628 846,921 532,237 373,438 905,675
29 Silkair (CEB) 325,062 366,835 691,897 567,005 326,302 893,307
30 Continental Micronesia * 23,609 657,041 680,650 29,142 830,899 860,041
31 Swiss Int’l Airlines 215,026 289,599 504,625 212,196 369,801 369,801
32 China Southern*** 125,941 161,531 287,472 67,502 9,140 76,642
33 Air Niugini 175,215 17,222 192,437 57,395 12,551 69,946
34 Air Macau (No Inbound)   24,135   24,135   65,404
TOTAL 88,915,413 107,560,696 196,476,109 97,871,873 118,337,401 216,209,274

Notes:

* No September Data
** No Q3 data
*** No 2002 first-half report

Source: Civil Aeronautics Board

In the third quarter alone, air shipments totaled 60,068,132 kg, of which 32,294,717 kg were outgoing and 27,773,415 incoming.

Despite the absence of its third-quarter data, the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines remained the leading international cargo carrier for the period delivering first-half results of 25,828,227 kg. Last year – from January to September – it carried 42,089,568 kg.

United Parcel Services (UPS) leaped into second place handling 20,663,227 kg for the nine-month period. This was 149.16% more than the 8,293,247 kg it carried during the same period in 2002. The express carrier’s total inbound shipments carried was 7,507,356 kg, up 115% from last year’s 3,493,281 kg. Outbound cargoes, on the other hand, jumped 174% from 4,799,966 kg to 13,155,871 kg.

Cathay Pacific ranked third as shipments totaled 19,686,361 kg for the three-quarter period. The figure is, however, 13.52% lower than the 22,766,631 kg it carried in the comparable period in 2002. The Hong Kong-based carrier saw both inbound and outbound shipments dip 12.86% and 14.21%, respectively.

Korean Air posted a 1.4% decline in shipments carried from 14,955,996 kg to 14,747,810 kg. Despite the negative variance, the company kept its fourth ranking. Incoming cargoes increased 13.20% although outbound cargoes slid 9.40%.

The fifth-leading carrier for the nine-month period was Singapore Airlines. It carried a total of 13,719,534 kg, down 8.21% from last year’s 14,947,351 kg.

Nippon Cargo Airlines came in sixth with 9,979,523 kg. The figure is however, lower by 24.12% compared with last year’s 14,947,351 kg.

Completing the top ten were: Northwest Orient which carried 9,746,387 kg, up 11.63% from last year; Eva Air with 8,817,563 kg; Japan Airlines which replaced Thai Airways in the ninth spot with 7,331,664 kg; and Asiana Airlines which transported 7,243,436 kg during the period.

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