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PH international airfreight soars 87.4%; ANA is top carrier

  • International air cargo and mail handled by carriers operating in the Philippines grew 87.4% in the first nine months of 2021
  • Japan-based All Nippon Airways carried the most volume or 8% of the total
  • 36 carriers transported the air cargo and mail
  • Outgoing cargoes jumped 100.4% and incoming cargoes increased 75%

International air cargo and mail handled by carriers operating in the Philippines grew 87.4% to 262.413 million kilograms in the first nine months of 2021 from 140.028 million kg year-on-year, preliminary data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed.

Incoming cargoes increased 75% to 125.134 million kg from 71.52 million kg last year, while outgoing cargoes jumped 100.4% to 137.278 million kg from 68.508 million kg.

The shipments were transported by 36 carriers.

Airlines worldwide suspended flights last year amid travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. In the Philippines, only repatriation, sweeper and cargo flights were allowed from mid-March to June 2020. After which, restrictions were eased and limited domestic flights allowed to operate. Airlines since then have been gradually ramping up flights as travel restrictions ease further.

According to the International Air Transport Association, airlines benefit from supply chain congestion as manufacturers turn to air transport for speed, though noting that severe capacity constraints continue to limit the ability of air cargo to absorb extra demand.

Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) grabbed the top spot among airlines operating in the Philippines, with an 8% share or 21.365 million kg of the total for the period. ANA was previously in fifth place in the same period last year.

ANA was followed by Taiwan-based carrier EVA Air, which improved one rank to second place with 19.290 million kg or 7.4% share.

Qatar Airways jumped six places to third with 18.824 million kg or 7.2%, followed by all-cargo airline Air Hong Kong in fourth place with 18.728 million kg or 7.1% share.

In fifth was Philippine Airlines, handling 17.533 million kg or 6.7%, while ranked sixth was South Korea-based Korean Air with 17.225 million kg or a 6.6% share.

Taiwan-based China Airlines, which remained in seventh place, transported 17.149 million kg or 6.5%, followed by Federal Express, which dropped two ranks to eighth, with 14.707 million kg or 5.6% share.

Falling seven places to ninth place was Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific with 13.174 million kg or a 5% share, while down two ranks to 10th was Japan Airlines with 11.724 million kg or a 4.5% share.

Rounding off the list were:

  • Emirates (11.188 million kg)
  • United Parcel Service (10.568 million kg)
  • Singapore Airlines (9.356 million kg)
  • YTO Cargo Airlines (7.721 million kg)
  • Etihad Airways (7.717 million kg)
  • Royal Air Charter Services (7.535 million kg)
  • China Eastern Airlines (7.352 million kg)
  • Turkish Airlines (6.725 million kg)
  • Asiana Airlines (6.328 million kg)
  • Gulf Air (3.987 million kg)
  • China Southern Airlines (3.244 million kg)
  • Malaysia Airlines (3.104 million kg)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (2.354 million kg)
  • Saudi Arabia Airlines (1.987 million kg)
  • Thai Airways (939,240.20 kg)
  • United Airlines (658,330 kg)
  • Jetstar Asia Airways (579,968 kg)
  • Xiamen Airlines (555,186 kg)
  • Kuwait Airways (358,617.10 kg)
  • Royal Brunei Airlines (158,959 kg)
  • Air Nuigini (132,391.50 kg)
  • Delta Air Lines (73,771.80 kg)
  • El Al Israel Airlines (29,203 kg)
  • Cargolux (22,729 kg)
  • Astro Air International (18,573 kg)
  • Air China (204.57 kg) – Roumina Pablo

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