Domestic air traffic rose 10.45 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2010, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Data shows that 8.39 million passengers flew on domestic flights in the January-June period this year, up from 7.59 million passengers a year ago.
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific cornered 48.75 percent of the market and flew 4.09 million passengers in the six-month period, up 13 percent from 3.614 million a year earlier. Philippine Airlines (PAL) had 2.88 million passengers in the same period, down 10 percent from 3.21 million passengers during the same period last year.
Air Philippines carried 667,686 passengers during the period or more than double its 254,244 passengers a year ago. Air Philippines has been recently repackaged as a budget carrier. Zest Air recorded an increase in its passengers to 616,058 from 433,576. Southeast Asian Airlines had 132,416 passengers in the same period, up from 83,132 last year.