PH domestic air cargo up 21.7% in 2023

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  • Air cargo handled by domestic carriers grew 21.7% to 237.534 million kilograms in 2023
  • Of the nine airlines in the Civil Aeronautics Board’s list, six recorded increases while three posted declines
  • Cebu Pacific continued to handle the biggest volume of air cargo in 2023 or 38.7% of the total

Air cargo handled by domestic carriers in the Philippines grew 21.7% to 237.534 million kilograms in 2023 from 195.181 million kg in 2022, according to latest data from the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Of the nine airlines in CAB’s list, six recorded increases while three posted declines.

Cebu Pacific continued to handle the biggest volume of cargo in 2023, airlifting 92.019 million kg or 38.7% of the total volume. The 2023 figure was also 19% higher than the 77.217 million kg posted by the low-cost carrier in 2022.

PAL Express came in second with 85.017 million kg or 35.8% of the total and a 131% surge from the 36.734 million recorded in 2022.

Ranking third was AirAsia Philippines with 26.297 million kg or 11.1% of the total. The airline handled 14.5% more cargo last year compared with 22.965 million kg in 2022.

Philippine Airlines suffered a 50.2% decline in cargoes handled to 24.593 in 2023 from 49.382 million kg in 2022. PAL ranked fourth accounting for 10.4% of the total last year.

Boutique airline AirSwift Transport, Inc. placed fifth contributing 1.6% or 3.734 million kg, an 85.6% growth from the 2.011 million kg recorded in 2022.

Leisure airline Seair International, Inc. ranked sixth handling 2.281 million kg, 22.7% down from the 2.952 million kg it carried in 2022.

In seventh place was charter airline Island Aviation Corp. with 1.819 million kg, a 101.7% jump from 901,792 kg in 2022.

Cebgo, Cebu Pacific’s sister airline, placed eight for handling 1.641 million kg, a 29.1% dip from the reported 2.315 million kg in 2022.

Lastly, boutique charter airline Sunlight Express Airways, which began operations in 2020, carried 133,232 kg in 2023, 1,956% up from just 6,480 kg in 2022. – Roumina Pablo

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