PH airlines’ Jan-Sept cargo volumes grow 17%

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  • Air cargo throughput of domestic airlines grew 16.8% to 139.57 million kilograms in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period last year
  • Of the nine airlines that submitted reports, two suffered from throughput declines
  • Cebu Pacific still had the biggest share of 40.5%, or 56.62 million kg of the total throughput

Air cargo volumes handled by domestic airlines grew 16.8% to 139.57 million kilograms in the first nine months of the year from 119.49 million kg in the same period last year, preliminary data from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

Of the nine domestic airlines that submitted reports, two suffered from cargo throughput declines.

The increase in air cargo volume for the period comes as airlines continued to increase flights amid further easing of COVID-related travel restrictions. Data from CAB also showed domestic passenger traffic hitting 15.93 million for the first nine months of the year, already surpassing 2021’s 5.53 million passengers.

Cebu Pacific continued to account for the biggest throughput share of 56.62 million kg or 40.5% of the total. This was 25% larger than the 45.30 million kg reported in the first nine months last year.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) remained in second place with a 27% share or 37.52 million kg, up 31% from the 28.61 million kg recorded last year.

PAL’s sister airline, PAL Express, remained in third place, accounting for 16% or 22.83 million kg. This was 7.6% down from 24.70 million kg in the first three quarters of 2021.

Ranking fourth was AirAsia Philippines, which handled 11.3% or 15.81 million kg, a 133% surge from last year’s 6.79 million kg.

Seair International took up 1.6% or 2.29 million kg, placing fifth. The leisure airline’s nine-month volume this year was 8% higher than last year’s 2.12 million kg.

Dropping to sixth was Cebgo with 1.4% or a 2 million kg share, a 75% plunge from the 8.13 million kg it handled last year.

Boutique airline AirSwift Transport Inc. climbed three ranks to seventh with 0.9% or 1.24 million kg. This was a whopping 1,684% increase from 69,343 kg of last year.

Charter airline Island Aviation Corp. remained in eighth place with 0.5% or 649,612 kg, 134.9% up from the 276,575 kg it reported in the first three quarters of 2021.

Budget airline Royal Air Charter Service Inc. took up 0.4% or 610,197 kg, a 431% growth from last year’s 114,869 kg. – Roumina Pablo