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Passenger influx begins as over 2.9M passengers were recorded in NAIA last month

The influx of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals has begun as a total of 2,979,273 arrivals and departure for international and domestic travelers was recorded for the period of from November 1 to 29, 2022 alone.

The said figures are expected to double this month of December, as more Filipinos around the globe including foreign tourists will start to arrive for the Christmas holidays as travel restrictions also ease, according to the Media Affairs Division (MAD) of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

It was learned that during the said period, 619,084 arrivals and 579,177 departures for international were recorded while domestic passenger arrivals and departures were at 907,824 and 873,248, respectively.

MAD records also show that last November 29 alone, there were 106,642 travelers arriving and departing NAIA terminals, some of whom were returning Overseas Workers, balikbayan and foreign tourists who spent All Saints’ Day in the country.

On the same day, the NAIA terminal 1 also recorded about 13, 653 international arrivals and departures; NAIA terminal 2 had 28,329 international and domestic arrivals and departure; NAIA terminal 3 has recorded 49, 021 international and domestic arrivals and departures.

Meanwhile, local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific (CEB) and AirAsia operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are all set to accommodate thousands of incoming local and foreign travelers as they continue boosting their domestic and international routes in response to the high demand, as travel protocols ease and Christmas travel season begins.

Said local carriers said they are doubling their efforts to accommodate incoming locals like returning overseas Filipino workers and foreign visitors who are expected to arrive starting this month until the first part of January 2023.

“Our airport PAL teams will be on full manning to handle the expected arrivals this Christmas season”, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.

“We know that many are raring to travel again to their favourite local and foreign destinations, so we are very excited to mount additional flights as we approach the holiday season,” CEB chief commercial officer Xander Lao said recently.

AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Ricky Isla. said: “The exponential growth in the holiday demand this year is expected, especially given the fact that travel restrictions today are way more relaxed compared to the previous years.”

The local air carriers all said they are expecting thousands of Filipinos with their families to arrive and spend Christmas with their loved ones while foreign visitors are also expected in large numbers to visit the country’s tourist destinations.

At the NAIA terminal 1, thousands of departing passengers are lining up at the final security check as Philippine Airlines flights to and from the United States, Canada, the Middle East and Bali (Denpasar) will transfer to NAIA terminal 1 from terminal 2 beginning today December 1, 2022.

The said transfer will largely address passenger congestion at NAIA terminal 2 and 4 and is timely, as NAIA expects a surge in passenger volume in the weeks ahead.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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