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International cargo and mail volume handled by foreign air carriers operating in the Philippines dropped 7.1% in 2019 to 370.603 million kilograms (kg) from 398.804 million kg in 2018 as both inbound and outbound traffic declined.

Latest data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed that outgoing cargoes, which accounted for 51% of the total, fell 5.4% to 189.860 million kg in 2019 from 200.686 million kg in 2018.

Incoming cargoes likewise decreased to 180.743 million kg last year, down 8.8% from the 198.118 million kg recorded in 2018.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) remained the top carrier for handling 30% of the total volume or 109.96 million kg.

Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines also maintained their positions in second and third with 47.169 million kg and 19.221 million kg, respectively.

Shifting places were flag carrier Qatar Airways, which took fourth place with 16.995 million kg, and Dubai-based Emirates, which fell to fifth with 16.38 million kg.

One rank up in sixth place was South Korean-based Korean Air with 14.951 million kg, followed by Hong Kong-based dedicated cargo airline Air Hong Kong, which leaped seven places to seventh place with 14.076 million kg.

Jumping four places to eighth was flag carrier Japan Airlines with 13.827 million kg. Ranking ninth with 12.235 million kg was Japanese compatriot, All Nippon Airways, which in 2018 had been in eighth place.

Completing the Top 10 was Taiwan-based carrier EVA Air, which fell one place with 12.174 million kg.

Rounding off CAB’s list were China Airlines (12.095 million kg); Etihad Airways (11.434 million kg); Federal Express Corp. (10.487 million kg); United Parcel Service (10.378 million kg); Thai Airways (8.744 million kg); Asiana Airlines (8.357 million kg); Saudi Arabia Airlines (5.412 million kg); Malaysia Airlines (3.828 million kg); China Eastern Airlines (3.459 million kg); Kuwait Airways (3.142 million kg); Jetstar Asia Airways (2.531 million kg); Gulf Air (2.487 million kg); China Southern Airlines (2.337 million kg); Xiamen Airlines (2.158 million kg); Delta Airlines (2.139 million kg); Qantas (1.965 million kg); KLM Royal Dutch (1.828 million kg); Royal Brunei (373,220 kg); Air Nuigini (161,385.79 kg); United Airlines (146,098 kg); Cargolux (79,829 kg); Ethiopian Airlines (72,368.60 kg); and Air China (2,037.24 kg).  – Roumina Pablo

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