Air transportation in the Philippines
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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 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 about 60% market share, followed by the Philippine Airlines group which has 29%, with 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. 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.
In 2013, SkyJet Airlines, a new airline company launched its domestic commercial flights to leisure island destinations such as Batanes, Busuanga, Balesin and Boracay. For 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%.
List of airlines of the Philippines
|AirAsia Philippines||EZD||Z2||COOL RED||2010||Pasay|
flying as "Philippine Airlines"
flying as "Cebu Pacific"
|Air Juan Aviation||AO||Air Juan||2012||Taguig|
|AirSWIFT formerly ITI Air||ATX —||T6||AirSWIFT||2002||Pasay|
|Aero Majestic Airways||AMA|
|Air Link International Airways|
|Air Republiq Airlines||Republiq||2011|
|INAEC / Iloilo-Negros Air Express||INAEC||1933|
|Pacific Pearl Airways||PPM||PACIFIC PEARL||2006|
|South Phoenix Airlines||AIR REPUBLIQ||2010|
|Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines||PEC||Q8||PAC-EAST CARGO|
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