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PAL carried more than 1 million international passengers during 1st semester of 2020

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that has completely crippled the aviation industry, Philippine Airlines still managed to fly 1,443,347 international passengers from the months of January to June 2020, based on a statistical report from the Civil Aviation Board (CAB).

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It is not indicated however if this includes sweeper and chartered flights but basing it on the title of the chart, it says "scheduled flights".

PAL hand to temporarily halt scheduled passenger services from late March all the way to May due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which covered the whole of Luzon region which include Metro Manila, and Cebu. The ECQ was declared by the Philippine government last March 17 in order to contain the spread of the Covid-19 in the country. The airline however continued to mount all-cargo flights, domestic sweeper flights, and international repatriation flights. 

PAL resumed passenger operations last June and gradually moves to restore its full operations.

Cebu Pacific on the other hand has carried 868,426 international passengers and Philippines AirAsia carried 370,484 for the same period.

In 2019, PAL carried a total of 7,680,833 international passengers.

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Cebu Pacific carried 3 million domestic passengers

For the domestic sector, Cebu Pacific has carried 2,726,992 passengers for the same period of January to June 2020 or 1st half the year, despite halting passenger flights from March to May. This is followed by PAL Express which carried 1,266,508 domestic passengers, and Philippines AirAsia carrying 1,220,040 for the same period.

What's surprising here is how AirAsia Philippines numbers are nearing those of PAL Express in terms of the numbers of domestic passengers carried, a difference of 46,468.

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary CebGo, which operates the airline's ATR 72-600 turboprops, has carried 352,568 passengers. Adding that with Cebu Pacific's numbers, that makes 3,079,560 domestic passengers flown for the 1st semester of 2020.

In 2019, Cebu Pacific flew a total of 14,951,083 domestic passengers, capturing 50.62% of the Philippine domestic air passengers market.


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