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Philippines is a republic in the western Pacific Ocean, made up of the Philippine Islands and forming in physical geography a part of the Malay Archipelago. Situated about 1210 km (about 750 mi) east of the coast of Vietnam, the Philippines are separated from Taiwan on the north by the Bashi Channel. The republic is bordered on the east by the Philippine Sea, on the south by the Celebes Sea, and on the west by the South China Sea. The country comprises about 7100 islands, of which only about 460 are more than 2.6 sq km (more than 1 sq mi) in area. Eleven islands have an area of more than 2600 sq km (more than 1000 sq mi) each and contain the bulk of the population. These islands are Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Mindoro, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, and Masbate. The total area of the Philippines is about 300,000 sq km (about 120,000 sq mi). Manila is the capital and largest city of the Philippines
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July 19, 2016Fil-Asian Airways ceased operations in 2015 [Status change]
July 7, 2016Pan Pacific Airways is intending to launch regional services [added]
July 4, 2016Island Aviation operations started on 30Jun1985 [added]
AirlineOperating DatesStatusComments
2Go

2004 - date

Active

2Go was formed on 09Jul1988 by Aboitiz and A Soriano & started ops on 28Jan1988 as Aboitiz Air Transport

^ Genealogy - Aboitiz Air Transport >2Go
A Soriana Aviation

1987* - 2006*

Renamed

Island Aviation was formed as A Soriana Aviation in 1987

^ Genealogy - A Soriana Aviation >Island Aviation
AAI Island Hopper

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Aboitiz Air Transport (Aboitiz Air Cargo)

1988 - 2004

Renamed

2Go was formed on 09Jul1988 by Aboitiz and A Soriano & started ops on 28Jan1988 as Aboitiz Air Transport

^ Genealogy - Aboitiz Air Transport >2Go
Aero Equipment Aviation

2012 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Aero Filipnas (Aero-Filipinas)

**** - ****

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Aero Lift

2004* - 2006*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Aero Services (Air V.J.Sanchez)

**** - ****

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Aerolift Airlines

1982 - 1996

Inactive

Aerolift Airlines was formed in 1982

^ Genealogy -  
AeroMajestic Airlines

2011 - 2012*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - Aero Majestic Airways
AeroMajestic Charter Services

2010 - 2011

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Aero Majestic Airways
Aero-Transport System

1990* - 1990*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Air ADS

1996* - 1997*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Air Link International Airways

1984 - date

Active

Air Link International Airways operates charter services and a flying school. The airline was established on 10Oct1983 and started operations on 30Jun1984

^ Genealogy -  
Air Manila

1965 - 1972

Renamed

Air Manila in formed in 1964, 1st flight on 02Jan1965, renamed in Oct1972

^ Genealogy - Air Manila >Air Manila International >PAL
Air Manila International

1972 - 1973

Renamed

Air Manila International was renamed from Air Manila in Oct1972

^ Genealogy - Air Manila >Air Manila International >PAL
Air Mindanao

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Air Pacific Crake

1989* - 1989*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Air Philippines

1996 - 2010

Renamed

Air Philippines was incorporated on 13Feb1995 & started services on 01Feb1996. Ceased operations & services transferred to AirPhil Express

^ Genealogy - Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express
Air Republiq Airlines

2012 - date

Active

Air Republiq launched operations in 2012 and then temporarily suspended. It has resumed charter operations with the Jetstream 41 in Sep2013

^ Genealogy -  
Air Southeast

1993* - 1994*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Air Span

1984* - 2004

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
AirAsia Philippines

2012 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
AirAsia Zest

2013 - date

Active

Asian Spirit was established in Sep1995 & started ops on 15Apr1996. Renamed to Zest Air on 30Sep2008 & ceased operations on 16Aug2013, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia Zest

^ Genealogy - Asian Spirit >Zest Air>AirAsia Zest
Airgurus

2012* - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Airphil Express

2010 - 2013

Renamed

Airphil Express was founded by PAL to replace Air Philippines on 10Apr2008

^ Genealogy - Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express
AirSWIFT

2015 - date

Active

AirSWIFT was formed as ITI (Island Transvoyager in 2002 &.launched services on 26Nov2015

^ Genealogy - ITI (Island Transvoyager) >AirSWIFT
Alphaland Aviation

2013* - date

Active

Jetstream J31 & Cessna Caravan operator

^ Genealogy -  
Asean Air Freight

1992* - 1995

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Asia Overnight Express

(2004)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Asian Aerospace

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Asian Spirit

1996 - 2008

Renamed

Asian Spirit was established in Sep1995 & started ops on 15Apr1996. Renamed to Zest Air on 30Sep2008 & ceased operations on 16Aug2013, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia Zest

^ Genealogy - Asian Spirit >Zest Air>AirAsia Zest
AsiaWide

(2009)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Astro Air International

2013 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Astro Air Transport (Astro Air Philippines)

1976 - 1984

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - Astro Air Transport
Astroair Services

1973^ - 1976

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Astro Air Transport
Aviatour Air

2011* - 2012

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Bicol Air Express

2012 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
C.M Aero Services

1985* - 2000

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
CALI (Commercial Air Lines)

1946* - 1948

Renamed

CALI (Commercial Air Lines) was establihed in early 1946

^ Genealogy - CALI (Commercial Air Lines) >>PAL
Camposagrado Air Taxi

1960* - 1962*

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Cyclone Airways
CATI

**** - ****

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Cebgo

2015 - date

Active

Cebgo was rebranded from Tigerair Philippines

^ Genealogy - SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo
Cebu Air

1996 - 1996

Renamed

Cebu Pacific Air launched operations as Cebu Air on 08Mar1996 and renamed during the same year

^ Genealogy - Cebu Air >Cebu Pacific Air
Cebu Pacific Air

1996 - date

Active

Cebu Pacific Air launched operations as Cebu Air on 08Mar1996 and renamed on 26Aug1996

^ Genealogy - Cebu Air >Cebu Pacific Air
Centennial Air

1999 - 2002*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Chemtrad Aviation

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
CLA Air Transport

(2003*)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Comair (Commercial Air Transport)

1978* - 1993*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Commuter Air Philippines (Commutair)

1989* - 2000

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Continental Airways

(****)

Unconfirmed

 

^ Genealogy -  
Corporate Air

1995* - 2005

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Crown Cargo Express*

1999* - 1999*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Cruz Airways (Cruzeiro)

1962* - 1964

Inactive

Cruz Airways was formed on 03May1962 & ceased operations in 1963

^ Genealogy -  
Cyclone Airways

2009* - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy - Cyclone Airways
Delta Air Corporation

1969* - 1979*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Eagle Trans Air

(2010)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Enzo Air

1989 - 1989*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Evercrest

(2003)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Fairways

1965 - 1965

Renamed

Fairways started operations on 05Jan1965 & renamed to Filipinas Orient Airways in Nov1965

^ Genealogy - Fairways >Filipinas Orient Airways +>PAL
Far Eastern Aviation Services

**** - ****

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - Far Eastern Aviation Services >OASIS
FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport)

1958 - 1965

Inactive

FAST (Fleming Airways System Transport) was formed in 1957 & started operations on 05Mar1958. Ceased on 06Jul1965

^ Genealogy -  
FEATI (Far Eastern Air Transport)

1945 - 1947

Renamed

FEATI restarted after renamed from INAEC on 19Nov1945

^ Genealogy - INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) >FEATI (Far Eastern Air Transport) >>PAL
Fil-Asian Airways

2013 - 2015

Inactive

Midsea Express ceased operations, with their flights in Apr2012. It was rebranded as Fil-Asian Airways. Its first commercial flight was on 27Mar2013. Ceased operations in 2015

^ Genealogy - Mid-SEA Express >Fil-Asian Airways
Filipinas Orient Airways (Fairways)

1965 - 1972

Renamed

Filipinas Orient Airways started operations on 05Jan1965 as Fairways & renamed in Nov1965. Martial Law stopped operations on 21Sep1972

^ Genealogy - Fairways >Filipinas Orient Airways +>PAL
First United Air

1972* - 1973

Renamed

Mabuhay Airways was formed as First United Air

^ Genealogy - First United Air >Mabuhay Airways
FJM Aviation

1991 - 1994

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Go Air

(2014)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Grand Air International

1995 - 1999

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
IAI (Island Aviation Inc.)

2006* - date

Active

Island Aviation was formed as A Soriana Aviation in 1987

^ Genealogy - A Soriana Aviation >Island Aviation
INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.)

1933 - 1941

Renamed

INAEC commenced operations on 03Feb1933. Ceased on 18Dec1941 & renamed Far Eastern Air Transport in 1945

^ Genealogy - INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.) >FEATI (Far Eastern Air Transport) >>PAL
INAEC (Iloilo-Negros Air Express Co.)

1993* - date

Active

INAEC brand was reborn to service the air transportation needs of the Lopez Group of companies on 09Nov1993

^ Genealogy -  
Insular Airways

1945* - 1948*

Inactive

Insular Airways operated at least 1 Catalina in the mid-1940s

^ Genealogy -  
Intercontinental Pacific Airways

(2002*)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Interisland Air Serices

1986 - 2004

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Interisland Airlines
Interisland Airlines

2004 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy - Interisland Airlines
International Pacific Airways

(2001)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Island Aviation

1985* - date

Active

Island Aviation operations started on 30Jun1985

^ Genealogy -  
ITI (Island Transvoyager)

2003 - 2015

Renamed

AirSWIFT was formed as ITI (Island Transvoyager in 2002 &.launched services on 26Nov2015

^ Genealogy - ITI (Island Transvoyager) >AirSWIFT
Laoag International

1995 - 2006*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
LBC Airways of Manila

1996* - 2000*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Lionair

2011* - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Mabuhay Airways

1973 - 2000

Inactive

Mabuhay Airways was formed as First United Air

^ Genealogy - First United Air >Mabuhay Airways
Magnum Air (Skyjet Air)

2012 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Majestic Air Cargo

2012* - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
MATS (Manila Aero Transport System)

1989* - 1989*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Metro Manila Airways

1983* - 1983*

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >MetroAir
MetroAir

1980s

Status?

 

^ Genealogy - MetroAir
Mid-SEA Express

2011 - 2012

Renamed

Midsea Express ceased operations, with their flights in Apr2012. It was rebranded as Fil-Asian Airways.

^ Genealogy - Mid-SEA Express >Fil-Asian Airways
Mindanao Express

1996 - 2001*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Mosphil Aero

2006 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
North South Airlines

2013* - 2013*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
OASIS (Orient Air Systems & Integrated Service)

1978* - 1979*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy - Far Eastern Aviation Services >OASIS
Pacific Pearl Airways

2008 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
PacificAir (Pacific Airways)

1996* - date

Active

PacificAir was established in 1947. However, its franchise to operate air services was approved by Congress of the Philippines on 23Feb1995

^ Genealogy -  
Pacificjet

(2009*)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
PAL (Philippine Air Lines)

1941 - date

Active

PAL was reformed from PATCO on 26Feb1941 & its first flight was 15Mar1941

^ Genealogy - PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) >PAL
PAL Express

2008 - 2010

Inactive

PAL Express began operations on 05May2008 & was renamed to Airphil Express on 28Mar2010

^ Genealogy - Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express
PAL Express

2013 - date

Active

Airphil Express was renamed back to PAL Express on 15Mar2013

^ Genealogy - Air Philippines +>PAL Express >Airphil Express >PAL Express
Pan Pacific Airways

2016 >

Planned

Pan Pacific Airways is intending to launch regional services

^ Genealogy -  
Paradise Air

1998* - 1998*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.)

1931 - 1940

Renamed

PATCO was founded on 30Dec1930 & started non sched operations on 31Mar1931. Franchise acquired by PAL on 22Jul1940

^ Genealogy - PATCO (Philippine Aerial Transport Co.) >PAL
PATI (Philippine Aerotransport)

1974 - 1980

Inactive

PATI was established on 24May1975 & started operations in Dec1975. Ceased operations on 01Feb1980

^ Genealogy -  
PEAC (Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines)

1991 - 2010

Inactive

Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines was formed on 09ct1990. AOC was suspended on 19Mar2010

^ Genealogy -  
PhilAir

(2000)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
PhilAir (Philippine Aviation Corp.)

1966* - 1994

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine Air Express

1947 - 1947

Inactive

Philippine Air Express' only C-47 (DC3) crashed on 22Nov1947 killing the owner, Jose Tinsey and the airline ceased

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine Air Service

1920* - 1921*

Inactive

Philippine Air Service was established on 07Jul1920

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine Air Transport Service

1950* - 1950*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine Astra Air (Astro Air Philippines)

1998* - 1998

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine Interisland Express

**** - ****

Status?

No details available as yet

^ Genealogy -  
Philippine International Airways

(2000)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Posadas Trans Air Services

1984^ - 1985

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Royal Star Aviation

2002 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
SEAir (South East Asian)

1995 - 2013

Renamed

SEAir (South East Asian) started operations on 15Aug1995 & became Tigerair Philippines on 07Jun2013

^ Genealogy - SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo
SEAir International

2012 - date

Active

SEAir International was created by founders of SEAIR. Launched services between Manila and Basco on 07Dec2012

^ Genealogy -  
Silangan Airways

(1990s)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Sky Pasada

2010 - 2015*

Inactive

Sky Pasada was founded on 01Feb2010 with operations starting on 10Jun2010

^ Genealogy -  
Sky Tours

(****)

Unconfirmed

 

^ Genealogy -  
Skyjet Air

2012 - date

Active

Skyjet Air operations started on 14Dec2012

^ Genealogy -  
Soriano Air Cargo

1991* - 1992*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
South Phoenix Airlines

2010 - 2011*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - South Phoenix Airways >South Phoenix Airlines
South Phoenix Airways

2002 - 2010

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - South Phoenix Airways >South Phoenix Airlines
Southern Airlines of Philippines

1963* - 1972

Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Swiftair
Spirit of Manila Airlines

2009 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Star Asia

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy -  
Sterling Philippines Airways

1975 - 1980

Renamed

Summit Philippines Airways was formed by the Danish airline Sterling as Sterling Philippines Airways. Renamed in 1980

^ Genealogy - Sterling Philippines Airways >Summit Philippines Airways
Subic International Air Charter

2004* - 2004*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Subic Seaplane

2011* - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Summit Philippines Airways

1980 - 1980*

Status?

Summit Philippines Airways was formed by the Danish airline Sterling as Sterling Philippines Airways. Renamed in 1980

^ Genealogy - Sterling Philippines Airways >Summit Philippines Airways
Swiftair

1972 - 2000

Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - Swiftair
Tair Airways

(2010*)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Tigerair Philippines

2013 - 2015

Renamed

SEAIR became Tigerair Philippines on 07Jun2013. Tigerair Philippines rebranded to Cebgo

^ Genealogy - SEAir >Tigerair Philippines >Cebgo
Trans Air Service

1982* - 1982*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Trans Asiatic Airlines

1946* - 1950

Renamed

Trans Asiatic Airlines was formed in 1946

^ Genealogy - Trans Asiatic Airlines >>PAL
Transasian Airlines

(****)

Began?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Transglobal Airways

2006 - date

Active

 

^ Genealogy -  
Vendex Airways

1988* - 1988*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Victoria Air

1989* - 2006*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Village Airways

1970* - 1979*

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Zamboanga Air Services

**** - ****

Status?

 

^ Genealogy -  
Zest Air

2008 - 2013

Renamed

Asian Spirit was established in Sep1995 & started ops on 15Apr1996. Renamed to Zest Air on 30Sep2008 & ceased operations on 16Aug2013, prior to a rebrand to AirAsia Zest

^ Genealogy - Asian Spirit >Zest Air >AirAsia Zest
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