Monday, June 21, 2010

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PAL is top RP carrier from Manila

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Airlines has been the leading Philippine carrier, in terms of flights and seat capacity, operating out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the last two years, the aviation industry’s main data keeper Official Airline Guide (OAG) reports.

In a survey of the top airports in the Asia-Pacific region, OAG data show that NAIA’s four terminals handled 1,859 flights per week in 2009, an increase of 12 percent over the 1,654 flights per week handled in 2008.

These flights resulted in 309,616 seats per week flown by all airlines using the NAIA complex in 2009—11 percent more than the 278,130 seats per week flown in 2008.

Of this traffic volume, PAL had a market-leading share of 35 percent of all flights per week and 38 percent of all seats flown per week at the country’s premier airport in 2009, OAG reports.

Both figures represented increases over the 33 percent and 37 percent shares, respectively, that PAL posted in 2008, it added.

In contrast, PAL’s main local competitor was a far second in both categories. The budget airline managed only a 32-percent share in flights per week and 28 percent in seats per week in 2009, according to OAG.

For 2008, the corresponding figures for the secondary carrier were 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

The results of the OAG survey are contained in the current issue (second quarter, 2010) of Routes News, a leading industry journal published in the United Kingdom.

Source: Inquirer
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