Domestic air cargo traffic surges 20% in first nine months

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Domestic air cargo traffic surges 20% in first nine months
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  • Cargo traffic handled by local airlines surged 20% in the first nine months of 2023
  • Of the nine airlines in the Civil Aeronautics Board’s list, five recorded increases, three declines, and one had no comparative figure
  • Cebu Pacific continued to have the biggest share or 37.6% of the total, transporting 63.009 million kilograms
  • Philippine Airlines lifted 19.576 million kg, down 47.8% year-on-year

Domestic air cargo traffic handled surged 20% higher to 167.493 million kilograms (kg) in the first nine months of 2023 from 139.571 million kg in the same period last year, according to latest data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

Of the nine airlines in CAB’s list, five recorded increases, three posted declines, and one lacked a comparative figure.

Cebu Pacific maintained the highest share (37.6%) of the total domestic air cargo traffic, moving 63.009 million kg. This is an 11.3% increase from the 56.616 million kg handled in the first nine months of the previous year.

PAL Express secured the second spot with a 35.3% share or 59.133 million kg, a 159% surge from the 22.834 million kg recorded last year.

Following closely was Philippine Airlines, holding an 11.7% share or 19.576 million kg, down 47.8% from 37.522 million kg in the previous year.

AirAsia Philippines came close in fourth spot with 19.064 million kg, or a share of 11.4% — a 20.5% increase from the 15.814 million last year.

Boutique airline AirSwift Transport, Inc. secured the fifth position with a 1.6% share, handling 2.733 million kg, up 120.9% from 1.237 million kg.

Seair International, Inc., a leisure airline, ranked sixth with 1.697 million kg, a decline of 26% from 2.287 million kg.

In seventh place was Cebgo with 1.223 million kg, marking a 39% drop from the 2 million kg carried in the previous year.

Charter airline Island Aviation Corp. secured the eight spot with 966,582 kg, reflecting a 49% increase from 649,612 kg.

Finally, boutique charter airline Sunlight Express Airways, which commenced operations in 2020, transported 91,887 kg in the first nine months of the year. No comparative figure was available. – Roumina Pablo

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