MANILA Records from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) revealed an 8.62-percent increase in international arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at the start of the Holy Week season.
MIAA gathered the data for the period of March 22-26, 2018, and compared it with the passenger data from April 6-10, 2017. Holy Week 2018 falls on March 25-31, while last year's Holy Week was from April 9 to 15.
For the said period, a slight decrease of 3.9 percent was recorded for international departures. There were 170,010 international departures at the country's main gateway, compared with 176,992 last year.
Based on MIAA's records, domestic travels, both departure and arrival, have also decreased. This season, there were 158,213 domestic departures at the NAIA, 3.01 percent lower than 163,129 departures during the same period last year.
Domestic arrivals were 140,122, which showed a 9.4-percent decrease from 154,221 domestic arrivals last year.
A slight decrease of 1.97 percent was also recorded in the total number of passengers at the NAIA. For the said period, there were 634,234 passengers this year, compared with 646,997 passengers that NAIA had in 2017.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) earlier cited its preparedness for the Holy Week, and that it expects an increase in the passenger influx.
CAAP estimated an 8-percent rise in the total number of passengers during the entire Holy Week.
CAAP records showed the Philippines welcomed over six million domestic and international passengers in last year's Lenten observance, and more than half of them used the NAIA.
Last weekend, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal made rounds at the four terminals of NAIA to ensure that passengers' needs are being taken care of.
Also expecting the passenger influx, Monreal has deployed additional personnel and security measures at the NAIA terminals.
Source: Philippine News Agency