List of airlines of the Philippines

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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" imposed during President Ferdinand Marcos' administration. The government's subsidy in the form of mail freight payments supported the company's massive expansion program in the 1960s. During the 1970s, 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.

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

Commercial airlines[edit]

Airline ICAO IATA Callsign Commenced
Fleet size Headquarters
AirAsia Zest EZD Z2 ZEST 1995 15 Pasay City
Cebu Pacific CEB 5J CEBU 1996 53 Pasay City
PAL Express PAL 2P PHILIPPINE 1996 26 Pasay City
Philippine Airlines PAL PR PHILIPPINE 1941 48 Pasay City
Philippines AirAsia APG PQ COOL RED 2012 5 Angeles City
Sky Pasada WCC SP
2010 2 Pasay City
5M SKYJET 2012 1 Pasay City
Tigerair Philippines SRQ DG SEA TIGER 1995 17 Angeles City

Charter airlines[edit]

Airline ICAO IATA Callsign Commenced
Aero Majestic Airways
Air Link International Airways 1
Air Republiq Airlines REPUBLIQ 2011 5
Aviatour Air
Cyclone Airways 1960
INAEC / Iloilo-Negros Air Express INAEC 1933
Interisland Airlines ISN TRI-BIRD 2
Island Aviation SOY SORIANO 2
Mosphil Aero MPI MOSPHIL 2006 2
Northsky Air 2
Pacificair 4
Pacific Pearl Airways PPM PACIFIC PEARL 2006 2
SkyJet 5M 2012 1
South Phoenix Airlines 2010 10
Subic Seaplane
Air Pacific

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airline ICAO IATA Callsign Commenced
Fleet size
Pacific Ocean Air (Air) BOI ABAIR
Asia Overnight Express AOT OE ASIA OVERNIGHT
Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines PEC Q8 PAC-EAST CARGO 2
TransGlobal Airways TCU TRANSGLOBAL 2005 2

Market Share[edit]

Although, the Philippines lists many registered airline companies mostly chartered, there are mainly four competing commercial airline groups with scheduled flights serving the domestic market. The top leading contenders are Cebu Pacific-Tigerair Philippines alliance and Philippine Airlines-PAL Express group. With the recent acquisition by Cebu Pacific of Tigerair Philippines, the airline has effectively controlled more than half of the domestic market in the Philippines followed by Philippine Airlines group.

They are followed by the struggling AirAsia Zest group which is the merger of AirAsia Philippines and the former Zest Airways. In 2013, SkyJet Airlines, a new airline company launched its domestic commercial flights to leisure island destinations such as Batanes, Palawan, Baler, Balesin and Boracay. SkyJet is the first Boutique Airline Company in the Philippines focusing on the niche market in island leisure destinations. Meanwhile, Operations of Spirit of Manila Airlines which was launched few years back has been halted temporarily by the Philippine aviation authorities.

Order by market share in the domestic market:[1]

  1. Cebu Pacific(50.36%) [2]
  2. PAL Express (21.39%)
  3. Philippine Airlines (12.69%)
  4. AirAsia Zest (9.78%)
  5. Tigerair Philippines (4.77%)

Other locally registered airlines operate either domestic charter services or cargo services only.


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