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Int’l flight volume increased 14%

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The country’s six key international airports registered a 14 percent increase in number of flights in the first-semester of the year, while their combined passenger traffic grew by 8.5 percent during the period.

 

Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed that number of international flights at airports in Manila, Kalibo, Cebu, Clark, Davao and Iloilo reached 27,486 in January to June this year from 24,184 in the same period in 2012.

These flights flew in a total of 4.58 million international passengers, an increase from 4.22 million in the first six-months of last year.

At end-June, the Iloilo International Airport registered the biggest gain in number of flights at 131 from only four last year, bringing its total passenger traffic to significantly increase to 14,681 from 377.

Meanwhile, international flights of Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal Airport, likewise, grew 35.4 percent in the first-half of the year to 2,590 from 1,913 a year ago, while number of passengers grew 39 percent to 289,749 from 208,690.

The Kalibo International Airport, one of two air gateways serving the famous Boracay, also registered a 25 percent increase in foreign flights from 1,083 in the first six-months of 2012 to 864 this year.

International passenger traffic of Kalibo airport, likewise, jumped 25 percent year-on-year to 158,740 in January to June 2013 from 127,162. Of its total passenger arrivals, non-Filipino nationals accounted for 99.8 percent.

Meanwhile, despite delays in its planned expansion and rehabilitation, foreign flights at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport grew by a hefty 16.6 percent to 2,789 from 2,392 in the first-semester last year.

International passenger traffic of the Cebu airport increased 14 percent at end-June this year to 429,126 from 376,577 a year ago. Of that number, foreign nationals arriving at the country’s second-busiest air gateway accounted for 81.3 percent.

However, despite air-traffic congestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the premier gateway to the region fastest-growing economy registered a modest 10 percent increase in international flights to 20,839 from 18,945 in the first six-months last year.

 

While Philippine authorities were forced to deny the request of several airlines to have regular flights to Manila, NAIA’s total international passenger traffic slightly grew 5.3 percent at end-June to 3.68 million from 3.5 million in the same period last year. Manila Bulletin

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