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PHL ranks 12 in terms of world highest domestic traffic as of July 2020

In a report from Cirium, the Philippines ranked top 12 in terms of domestic market capacity as of July 2020 together with 8 other Asian countries.


Given the slowdown of the aviation industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, account for 54% of the world's total domestic market, lead by China.

Other Asian countries in the list include India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.


Alistair Rivers, Cirium’s director of Market Development – Airlines and Airports, said: "Cirium figures reveal a fragile but cautiously resurgent market, as the air travel attempts to recover from the worst collapse in its history, triggered by a fall in demand and the imposition of travel restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic."

Among the top 20 domestic markets, the Philippines domestic aviation owns 1.3% of the total 1.3 million domestic flights globally.


Still room for growth

Based on the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), there are already 30 local airports that have allowed commercial passenger flights to fly in and out while 19 others still remain closed. Local airlines have kept increasing capacity however, covid-19 testing facilities in airports and quarantine facilities are still limited.

While airlines have the capability to increase capacity to fly back more locally stranded individuals (LSI) to their home provinces, this is still dependent on how much airport testing facilities can accommodate arriving passengers.

The COVID-19 crisis has seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of passenger flights scheduled globally, according to Asian Aviation. Previous analysis of Cirium’s schedules data indicated that global airline capacity was expected to drop by 75 percent by the end of April 2020, compared with the same period last year. Almost two thirds of the entire global fleet – of around 26,300 passenger jets – were in storage at the height of the crisis. This has since risen with 59 percent of the world’s fleet now back in service, however meaning 41 percent are still in storage.

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