Air transportation in the Philippines

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A Boeing 777 of Philippine Airlines

Air transportation in the Philippines goes back to the early days of aviation prior to World War II, during the American colonial period of the Philippines. Currently, the Philippines has several registered airline companies, but they are mostly chartered. There are two main domestic airline groups doing business as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, with AirAsia Philippines competing on some international routes. The domestic market is dominated by the Cebu Pacific group which has a 61% market share, followed by the Philippine Airlines group which has 29%, followed by AirAsia, having a 9% share.


Prior to the second liberalization of the Philippine airline industry in 1995, state-owned Philippine Airlines enjoyed virtual monopoly with the country's adopted policy of "one country, one airline" during the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos. The government's subsidy in the form of mail freight payments supported the company's massive expansion program in the 1960s. In 1973, the government ordered the absorption by Philippine Air Lines, Inc. of two other privately owned airlines, Air Manila and Filipinas Orient Airways, to form Philippine Airlines as the single flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines.

In 2013, SkyJet Airlines, a new airline company, launched its domestic commercial flights to leisure island destinations such as Balesin, Batanes, Boracay and Busuanga. For the aforementioned island destinations, SkyJet is competing with another small airline, Island Transvoyager.

In 2016, the Cebu Pacific group was the largest domestic airline with a market share of 55% for its Cebu Pacific unit and 6% for its Tigerair Philippines unit. Philippine Airlines came second with 25% for its PAL Express unit and 4% for its Philippine Airlines unit. Air Asia had 8% for its Zest Airways unit and 1% for its Air Asia unit. SkyJet and Island Transvoyager both had less than 1%.[citation needed]

List of airlines of the Philippines

This list of airlines enumerates local airlines in the Philippines which have a current air operator's certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Note: Destinations in bold indicate primary hubs, those in italic indicate secondary hubs, while those with regular font indicate focus cities.

Passenger airlines


Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs and focus cities Founded Notes
Cebgo Seair dornier do-328.jpg DG SRQ BLUE JAY Manila
1995 Founded as South East Asian Airlines. Operates as Cebu Pacific.
Cebu Pacific Airbus A330-300 Cebu Pacific AL (CPI) F-WWTR - MSN 1420 - Will be RP-C3341 (9645828995).jpg 5J CEB CEBU Manila
Cagayan de Oro
1988 Founded as Cebu Air and commenced operations in 1996 as Cebu Pacific.
PAL Express RP-C3018 Dash DH.8 PAL Express (7165551805).jpg 2P GAP AIRPHIL Manila
1995 Founded as Air Philippines and commenced operations in 1996. Operates as Philippine Airlines.
Philippine Airlines Philippine Airlines Boeing 777-300ER RP-C7776 LHR 2014-03-29.png PR PAL PHILIPPINE Manila
1935 Founded as Philippine Aerial Taxi Company and commenced operations in 1941 as Philippine Air Lines. Asia’s very first airline.
Philippines AirAsia Airbus A320-216, AirAsia Philippines JP7528474.jpg Z2 APG COOL RED Manila
Puerto Princesa
2010 Founded as AirAsia Philippines.


Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs and focus cities Founded Notes
Air Juan AO AIR JUAN Puerto Princesa 2012
El Nido
2002 Founded as Island Transvoyager.
Pan Pacific Airlines 8Y AAV ASTRO-PHIL Kalibo 1973 Founded as Astro Air International.
SkyJet Airlines M8 MSJ MAGNUM AIR Manila 2005 Commenced operations in 2012.
Sky Pasada RP-C3779 Let L.410UVP-E Sky Pasada (7836989454).jpg SP WCC SKY PASADA Manila 2010
SEAir International RP-C4319 Airbus A.319 Seair (7880145198).jpg XO SGD AIR BLUE Clark


Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs and focus cities Founded Notes
Air Link International Airways Manila 1983
Astral Airways I4 ISN COLORUS Manila 1986 Founded as Interisland Air Services.
INAEC Manila 1993
Lionair Manila 2011
Pacificair GX PFR Manila 1947
Platinum Skies
Subic Seaplane Subic
Royal Air Charter IMG-8db096e3e660317fb9de896ca617abf6-V.jpg RW RYL DOUBLE GOLD Clark
2002 Under new management since July 2017 and started AVRO146-RJ100 Operations.

Cargo airlines

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs and focus cities Founded Notes
2GO PR BOI Manila 1988 Founded as Aboitiz Air.

See also


External links

  • Philippine Flight Network news
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