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PAL tops last year — airline guide

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) was the country’s top carrier in 2009, according to the Official Airline Guide (OAG).

OAG said PAL cornered 35% of all flights per week and 38% of all seats flown weekly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Cebu Pacific (CEB) was the second-top carrier, accounting for 32% of flights and 28% seats per week for 2009, OAG said.

Earlier, CEB claimed it has now become the country’s top carrier, flying 2,448,990 domestic and international passengers from January to March this year, almost 110,000 more than PAL’ system-wide figures of 2,339,788.

In another development, the PAL Employees Association said it may elevate to the Supreme Court the Department of Labor decision allowing PAL to push through with its restructuring program. About 3,000 workers are expected to be laid off due to the spinoff of inflight catering services; airport services, including ground handling, cargo terminal/cargo handling and ramp handling; and call center reservations.


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