Domestic airline passenger traffic rose 11 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the Civil Aeronautics Board said Monday.
Data from CAB showed the number of domestic passengers reached 5.84 million in January to March, up from 5.23 million in the same period last year.
Cebu Pacific remained the country’s leading domestic carrier, as it flew 3.03 million passengers in the first three months, up from last year’s 2.66 million passengers.
This was followed by PAL Express, a subsidiary of Philippine Airlines which carried 1.15 million passengers in the first quarter, down slightly from 1.17 million passengers in the same period last year.
PAL served 563,070 domestic passengers in the three-month period, up by 71 percent from 327,716 passengers last year.
Philippine Air Asia Inc., the local unit of Air Asia, flew 657,102 passengers in the first quarter, up from 400,139 passengers a year earlier.
Cebgo, a unit of Cebu Pacific, carried 377,096 passengers in the first three months, down by 17 percent from 456,122 passengers last year,
Domestic air travel grew 8.5 percent to 22.08 million passengers in 2015 from 20.35 million passengers in 2014.