By Benjamin Lim Vergara
AIR passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has significantly increased in 2018, the Manila International Airport Authority on Friday said.
In its annual report of travel statistics (domestic and international), the MIAA showed a high volume of air travelers arriving and departing at the country’s main gateway.
Foreign and local airlines carried 45,082,544 passengers in 2018, a seven percent increase from 42,022,484 passengers that have arrived in Manila’s premier airport in 2017.
Arriving and departing international travelers went up by 22,958,026 in 2018, compared to 20,957,571 in 2017.
The number of travelers in domestic destination last year has also reached new heights.
A record of arriving and departing passengers in 2018 rose to 22,124,518, outpacing the 21,064,913-passenger volume growth in 2017.
According to data of Department of Tourism, foreign arrivals on October 2018 increased by 8.5 percent to 4.85 million in the first eight months despite a decline in a number of top source market.
Supplementing the passenger influx in NAIA were returning Filipinos (balikbayans) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were traveling to several local destinations in the Philippines.
The airport authority is also expecting more passenger traffic this year as new international routes were mounted by local airlines.
Also on Friday, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal made an ocular inspection at the NAIA terminals to make sure the smooth flow of passengers inside the terminals.
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