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

Fleet size
AirAsia PhilippinesAAUPQCOOL RED20122
Aero Majestic AirwaysAMU20111
Airphil ExpressGAP2PORIENT PACIFIC199620
Cebu PacificCEB5JCEBU AIR199639
Jetstar Philippines [begins February 2013]JSPYHCOSMOS201316
Philippine AirlinesPALPRPHILIPPINE194139
Mid-Sea ExpressMSEMXMID-SEA20084
Sky PasadaWCCSP20102
South East Asian AirlinesSRQDGSEAIR199511
Spirit of Manila AirlinesMNPSMMANILA SKY20104
Zest AirwaysEZDZ2ZEST1995/200812

Charter airlines

Fleet size
Air Link International Airways1
Aviatour Air
Cyclone Airways1960
Interisland AirlinesISNTRI-BIRD2
Island AviationSOYSORIANO2
Island Transvoyager, Inc.
Mosphil AeroMPIMOSPHIL20062
Northsky Air2
PuntaDito AtDoon Airlines
Pacific Pearl AirwaysPPMPACIFIC PEARL20062
South Phoenix Airlines201010
Subic Air
Subic Seaplane

Cargo airlines

Fleet size
Pacific East Asia Cargo AirlinesPECQ8PAC-EAST CARGO2
TransGlobal AirwaysTCUTRANSGLOBAL20052

Market Share

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:

  1. Cebu Pacific
  2. Philippine Airlines
  3. Zest Airways
  4. Airphil Express
  5. Seair
  6. AirAsia Philippines
  7. Spirit of Manila Airlines (only international routes)

The other locally-registered airlines operate either domestic charter services or cargo services only.

See also