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Domestic passenger traffic grows 3% in Q1

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific was the market leader in the first quarter of 2015 , as it flew 2.66 million passengers. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Domestic air passenger traffic grew by three percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the same period a year ago, with Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) topping the list of preferred airlines by travellers. 

Data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed the volume of domestic passengers reached 5.23 million in the January to March period this year, up from the 5.06 million in the same period in 2014. 

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific was the market leader for the period, as it flew 2.66 million passengers.

This was followed by PAL Express, which accounted for 1.17 million passengers, and Air Asia Zest which had 500,139 passengers. 

Placing fourth and fifth are Tiger Airways which flew 456,122 passengers during the three-month period, and flag carrier Philippine Airlines with 327,716 passengers. 

Air Asia carried 88,301 passengers, while Island Transvoyager had 22,293 passengers and Magnum Air flew 4,830 passengers. 

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Island Aviation Corp. and Southeast Asian Airlines International, meanwhile, did not fly passengers in the first quarter of this year. 

Last year, the total volume of domestic passengers reached 20.35 million.

Domestic air traffic has been growing in the country amid promotional offers such as seat sales which offer the lowest possible fares. 

The continuous network expansion of airlines has also helped drive the increase in domestic air traffic.

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