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BI ready for opening of new international airports in Caticlan and Aklan

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IT’s all systems go for the opening of new international airports in the airports of Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco said it is ready for the said operations where several flights bound for and from Taiwan will be opened in December in the said airports.

Tansingco said he already instructed the bureau’s port operations division (POD) to ensure that adequate personnel are deployed to the two airports to address the increased volume of passengers resulting from the new flights.

The inaugural flight from Caticlan to Taipei by Royal Air is scheduled on December 13 and the BI chief said “it will also mark the first time BI will launch its operations at the new Caticlan airport.”

It was learned that Tiger Air will be launching its Kalibo-Taipei-Kalibo flights on December 29. Initially, Tiger Air plans to mount four flights to Taipei every week.

Tansingco said the BI anticipates a continuing increase in international passenger volume in all of the international ports next year when a further easing in COVID-19 travel restrictions is expected.

The BI bared that passenger arrivals in the different airports are now averaging at between 25,000 to 27,000 a day in the past several days.

The statistics are a far cry from the daily average of 5,000 passenger arrivals when the country reopened its borders to foreign tourists in March last year, he said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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