PhilippineAirlines: PAL is top RP carrier from Manila

MANILA – Philippine Airlines was 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% 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% more than the 278,130 seats per week flown in 2008.

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

Both figures represented increases over the 33% and 37% 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% share in flights per week and 28% in seats per week in 2009, according to OAG.

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

Established in 1853, OAG is best known for its extensive airline schedules database. This vast catalogue holds information from more than 900 airlines and 3,500 airports worldwide.

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