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 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 a 61% market share, followed by the Philippine Airlines group which has 29%, followed by AirAsia, having a 9% share.
This list of airlines enumerates local airlines in the Philippines which have a current air operator's certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Cebgo, Inc., operating as Cebgo (stylized in all lowercase as cebgo), is the regional brand of Cebu Pacific. It is the successor company to SEAIR, Inc., which previously (1995) operated as South East Asian Airlines and Tigerair Philippines.
It is now owned by JG Summit, the parent company of Cebu Pacific which operates the airline. The airline's main base has been transferred from Clark International Airport in Angeles City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: DG
- ICAO: SRQ
- Callsign: BLUE JAY
- Hubs and focus cities: Mactan–Cebu International Airport (Cebu), Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)
Cebu Pacific Air, Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific and stylized in all lowercase as cebu pacific, is a Philippine low-cost airline based on the grounds of Mactan–Cebu International Airport (Terminal 2), Lapu-Lapu City, Metro Cebu, Philippines.
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Founded in 1988, it is Asia's oldest low-cost airline. It offers scheduled flights to both domestic and international destinations. Its main hubs are Cebu and Manila, with focus cities at Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Kalibo, Iloilo and Zamboanga. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: 5J
- ICAO: CEB
- Callsign: CEBU
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Zamboanga
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PAL Express, legally known as Air Philippines Corporation and formerly branded as Air Philippines and Airphil Express, is a wholly owned subsidiary airline of Philippine Airlines which is under its ownership.
It is PAL's regional brand, with services from its hubs in Manila, Clark, Cebu, and Davao. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: 2P
- ICAO: GAP
- Callsign: AIRPHIL
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Zamboanga
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Astro Air International, Inc., doing business as Pan Pacific Airlines, is a full-service airline based in the Philippines. It was established in 1973 under the name Astro Air International but was renamed as Spirit of Manila Airlines in 2011 and ceased commercial flights after three months of operations.
In 2016, the airline relaunched under the current brand after it began operating to serve the South Korean market. The airline commenced operations on April 27, 2017 with its inaugural flight between Kalibo and Seoul. Its current main hubs are Mactan–Cebu International Airport and Kalibo International Airport with flights going to Seoul, Busan and Muan. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: 8Y
- ICAO: AAV
- Callsign: ASTRO-PHIL
- Hubs and focus cities: Cebu, Clark, Kalibo
Philippine Airlines (PAL), a trade name of PAL Holdings, Inc. and also known historically as Philippine Air Lines until 1970, is the flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered at the PNB Financial Center in Pasay, the airline was founded in 1941 and is the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name.
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The primary hub of Philippine Airlines is Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. It also operates from three secondary hubs: Mactan–Cebu International Airport, Cebu; Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Davao; and Clark International Airport which covers portions of the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat within the Clark Freeport Zone in the province of Pampanga. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: PR
- ICAO: PAL
- Callsign: PHILIPPINE
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Kalibo
Philippines AirAsia, Inc. is a low-cost airline based at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila in the Philippines. The airline is the Philippine affiliate of AirAsia, a low-cost airline based in Malaysia. The airline started as a joint venture among three Filipino investors and AirAsia Investments Ltd., a subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad.
It is a successor to Zest Airways, Inc. In 2013, a share swap agreement with Zest Airways added Alfredo Yao of Zest-O Corporation as an additional owner of the company. Zest Airways was rebranded as AirAsia Zest and operated as a separate brand from AirAsia until merged into Philippines AirAsia in January 2016. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: Z2
- ICAO: APG
- Callsign: COOL RED
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa
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AirSWIFT (formerly Island Transvoyager) is a Filipino regional boutique airline with a permit to operate domestic scheduled and non-scheduled air transportation services. It also serves the aircraft transportation requirements of its affiliated company, El Nido Resorts. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: T6
- ICAO: ATX
- Callsign: AIRSWIFT
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila, El Nido
Royal Air Philippines
Royal Air Charter Service, Inc., operating as Royal Air Philippines, is a Philippine-registered budget airline. The company was established on 22 August 2002 as a chartered airline.
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It began operations as a budget airline on 14 December 2018, with an inaugural flight from its hub in Clark, Pampanga to the resort island of Boracay in Aklan.
- IATA: RW
- ICAO: RYL
- Callsign: DOUBLE GOLD
- Hubs and focus cities: Clark
Magnum Air (SkyJet), Inc., operating as SkyJet Airlines (styled as SKYJET Airlines), is a Philippine low-cost regional airline based in Manila, Philippines.
Previously an air charter company, SkyJet commenced commercial operations on 14 December 2012, offering direct flights from Manila to underserved destinations, particularly, Basco, Batanes; Coron, Palawan; San Vicente, Palawan; and Camiguin.
It bills itself as the first boutique airline in the Philippines. [ Find Discounted Plane Tickets ]
- IATA: M8
- ICAO: MSJ
- Callsign: MAGNUM AIR
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila
WCC Aviation, Inc., operating as Sky Pasada, is an airline based in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines owned and operated by the Guico family.
Founded in 2010, it primarily serves the northern Luzon provinces of Batanes, Cagayan and Isabela as well as the city of Baguio from its hub at Binalonan Airport.
- IATA: SP
- ICAO: WCC
- Callsign: SKY PASADA
- Hubs and focus cities: Manila