Philippine Airlines (PAL) carried a total of
1.06 million passengers in Q1 2011 – up 7% from 942,144 passengers
in the same period last year.
First quarter figures from the Civil
Aeronautics Board (CAB) show that PAL’s inbound passengers stood
at 477,039 and outbound, 529,212.
Translated into Revenue Passenger Kilometers
(RPK) or number of passengers multiplied by distance traveled, PAL
registered a total of 5-billion RPKs for the first three months of
2011. Of this number, 4.25-billion RPKs accounted for PAL’s
international traffic, while the balance of 750-million RPKs
represent the domestic sector.
PAL’s most traveled destinations in the region
are Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and South Korea, among others.
The United States also contributed a large chunk of the airline’s
revenues while other sectors added to the carrier’s positive
Earlier, the authoritative Airline Business
magazine ranked PAL as the world’s 61st largest airline. The
ranking is based on RPK, which is considered the true measure of
airline passenger traffic. For the last two years, PAL recorded an
average of 17.8 billion RPKs in the World Airline Rankings.
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