Domestic passenger air traffic in the Philippines climbed to 9.72 million in the first half of 2011 from 8.39 million in the same period last year. The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Cebu Pacific carried the most number of passengers at 4.25 million out of the 5.07 million seats allocated for the period. This represents an 84 percent load factor in the first half of the year. Cebu Pacific’s passenger traffic was also higher than the 4.09 million it recorded in the same period last year.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) came in second with 2.40 million passengers, which was lower than the 2.88 million it recorded in June last year. A total of 3.10 million seats were allocated during the period. Airphil Express, the low-cost partner of PAL, carried 1.85 million passengers in the first half of the year, up from 667,686 passengers in the same period last year.
Zest Airways, formerly Asian Spirit, also reported a higher number at 1.14 million from 616,058 passengers. Southeast Asian Airlines recorded a drop in passenger traffic to 97,326 passengers from 132,416 passengers.