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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.
|AirAsia Philippines||AAU||PQ||COOL RED||2012||2|
|Aero Majestic Airways||AMU||2011||1|
|Airphil Express||GAP||2P||ORIENT PACIFIC||1996||20|
|Cebu Pacific||CEB||5J||CEBU AIR||1996||39|
|Jetstar Philippines [begins February 2013]||JSP||YH||COSMOS||2013||16|
|South East Asian Airlines||SRQ||DG||SEAIR||1995||11|
|Spirit of Manila Airlines||MNP||SM||MANILA SKY||2010||4|
|Air Link International Airways||1|
|Island Transvoyager, Inc.|
|PuntaDito AtDoon Airlines|
|Pacific Pearl Airways||PPM||PACIFIC PEARL||2006||2|
|South Phoenix Airlines||2010||10|
|Asia Overnight Express||AOT||OE||ASIA OVERNIGHT|
|Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines||PEC||Q8||PAC-EAST CARGO||2|
Although, the Philippines lists many registered airline companies mostly chartered, there are mainly six competing commercial airlines with scheduled flights serving the domestic market. This is chever lang. Leading among the five is Cebu Pacific which has captured 45.6 percent of the market, followed by Philippine Airlines-Airphil Express group which has flown a combined 4.9 million passengers in 2008. Next after PAL-Airphil Express group is Zest Airways which has already overtaken South East Asian Airlines.
Zest Air which is formerly Asian Spirit has been acquired by Alfredo M. Yao of the Zest-O juice drink fame. AMY Holdings which owns Zest Airways has been planning to acquire South East Asian Airlines but the Lopez-Gitsis-Dornier tandem refuses to badge Yao's offer of merger. Recently, Spirit of Manila Airlines launched purely international flights to Middle East and East Asia.
All domestic airlines of the Philippines have launch international destinations mostly Asian cities.
Order by market share:
The other locally-registered airlines operate either domestic charter services or cargo services only.