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Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) handled 735,698 metric tons of air cargo in 2018, an increase of 1.3% from the 726,020 metric tons processed in 2017.

Records from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) showed the country’s main air hub handled 452,392 metric tons of international cargo in 2018, 8.46% higher than the 417,123 metric tons airlifted in 2017.

Domestic air cargoes, however, declined 8.2% to 283,306 metric tons last year from 308,897 metric tons in 2017. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) in a statement attributed this to the emergence of new widebody airplanes that can carry more passengers but translate to fewer domestic flight frequencies (thus less cargo space).

Total flights in 2018 reached 259,698, 0.5% more than the 258,366 flights of 2017. Of the total, international flights improved 4.42% to 113,817 flight movements from 108,995 in 2017. Domestic flights, on the other hand, declined 2.34% to 145,881 from 149,391 in 2017.

Passenger traffic jumped 7.4% to 45.116 million passengers from 42.022 million in 2017. International passenger traffic went up 9.62% to 22.974 million from 20.958 million, while domestic passenger traffic rose 5.11% to 22.142 million from 21.065 million.

DOTr said the increase in international flights contributed to the growth in the number of international passengers, while the higher number of domestic passengers was attributed to the introduction by airline companies of bigger aircraft to service different domestic routes in order to optimize the use of runway slotting.

The number of operations and passenger movements at the general aviation sector also rose in 2018.

There was a 14.11% rise in general aviation operations with 3,754 more flight movements for a total of 30,358 for 2018. At the same time, passenger movement also increased 29.88%, or 51,478 more, for a total of 223,284 passengers. DOTr said most of the general aviation flights brought passengers to and from remote resort islands in Palawan, Quezon, Siargao, and Sulu.

For 2018, DOTr said MIAA implemented and completed numerous projects and programs, including replacing defective power cables from Substation Roadway 2 to Substation South Concourse at the NAIA Terminal 3, replacing the conventional apron lighting and departure viaduct lighting with LED lighting at NAIA Terminal 2, replacing conventional lighting fixtures and lamps with LED lighting at NAIA Terminal 3, rehabilitating the powerhouse mimic board relay interlocking system, upgrading the baggage conveyor belts at the NAIA Terminal 2, replacing nine passenger boarding bridges including the layout of new power feeder-line cables at NAIA Terminal 1, and upgrading an ISO 9001-2015 Certification of MIAA’s Quality Management System to the new edition.

MIAA also completed two new additional rapid-exit taxiways at NAIA’s international runway 06/24.

For 2019, various projects and programs are also being undertaken to improve airport operations. These include the detailed engineering design (DED) and construction management supervision (CMS) of the repair and upgrading of Taxiway Hotel (H-1), Charlie 1, Charlie 2, Charlie 3, Charlie 4, and Charlie 5; the DED and CMS of the milling and paving of runway 06/24; ongoing overlay of runway 06/24 with a target completion of February 2019 for the civil works portion and June 2019 for the electrical portion; DED and CMS of runway 13/31 including interconnecting taxiway and repair and upgrading of runway 13 extension and H3 segment of runway 13/31; and construction of an additional holding position on runway 13, where consultancy services for the project are ongoing.

Lastly, maintenance services for the Mitsubishi elevators, escalators, and moving walkways in NAIA 1, 2, and 3 are ongoing.

Passenger safety and security remain top priorities this year, DOTr said.

New equipment such as x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems continue to be procured and are all expected to be installed and operational by the second quarter of 2019.

Meanwhile, re-training of existing security personnel continues, while hiring of additional MIAA-contracted guards who will be on duty 24/7 is underway. Newly hired security personnel will undergo new background check procedures, including neighborhood and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency checks for those implementing security control, and submission of new National Bureau of Investigation clearances for all MIAA access pass holders.

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