NAIA, Mactan airport report lower cargo volumes in first nine months

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NAIA, Mactan airport report lower cargo volumes in first nine months
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  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Mactan-Cebu International Airport handled fewer cargoes in the first nine months of the year
  • Both airports saw a decline in international cargoes
  • Air cargo volume at NAIA is down 10.5% year-on-year from January to September
  • Flights grew 32%, with passenger traffic up 58.7%
  • Cebu airport handled 40.708 million kilograms in the first nine months, a 1.6% decrease from last year
  • Flights soared 83.4%, and passenger traffic grew 103.7% to 7.505 million

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) reported lower cargo volumes during the first nine months of the year.

NAIA’s air cargo throughput for January to September totaled 390,770.02 metric tons (mt), a 10.5% decline from 436,457.66 mt handled during the same period last year, according to latest data from Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) website.

The reduction is attributed to a drop in international cargo volumes, accounting for 64.4% of the total. International cargoes sank 16.9% to 251,723.35 mt, while domestic cargoes grew by 4.2% to 139,046.67 mt.

Similarly, MCIA posted a decline in cargo volumes during the first nine months of this year.

MCIA handled 40.708 million kilograms (kg), 1.6% less than the 41.359 million kg recorded year-on-year, data from Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s website showed.

International cargoes, which accounted for 34% of the total, fell 32.1% to 12.858 million kg from 18.939 million kg in the first nine months of last year. Domestic cargoes, meanwhile, rose 24.2% to 27.85 million kg from 22.42 million kg.

NAIA reported a 32% increase in flights from January to September, totaling 199,413 compared to 151,002 in the same period last year. Passenger traffic also rose by 58.7%, reaching 33.747 million from 21.261 million last year.

MIAA OIC Bryan Co expects a positive year-end outcome with projections of 45 million passengers and 275,000 flights, equivalent to 94% of 2019’s full-year passenger volume and 1% above 2019’s full-year total flight movement.

For the 11-month period, NAIA has already accommodated 41.214 million passengers and 254,174 flights.

MCIA foresees increased traffic as the holidays approaches.

For MCIA, flights surged 83.4% to 66,591 in the first nine months of the year from 36,310 flights recorded in the same period last year. Passenger traffic likewise grew 103.7% to 7.505 million from 3.685 million last year.

As of October, MCIA is host to 20 airlines serving 39 destinations.

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