CEBU  AVIATION  TRAFFIC  SOARS  30%  IN  9  MONTHS

CEBU,
November 24, 2004 (STAR) By Ruth Mercado - Cebu’s aviation industry registered an average 30 percent high in the first nine months this year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 15 percent, while international passenger traffic soared by 45.5 percent.

The May 11 elections and the setting up of satellite offices here of government agencies have contributed to the upswing.

Domestic passenger arrivals soared to 750,000 this year from 650,000 last year, while departures rose to 790,000 from 680,000.

With the campaign for the May 11 polls in full swing, arrivals were particularly high in April, posting a volume of 91,000 passengers, accounting for 12 percent of domestic arrivals with at least 3,000 people arriving each day.

What also propped up domestic passenger volume were the setting up of satellite offices here of Malacañang and the Department of Tourism and the historic oathtaking of President Arroyo in July.

Passenger volume in July was up by 17 percent with 84,000 arrivals compared to 70,000 during the same period last year. The July passenger volume accounted for 11.2 percent of the total passenger traffic.

For international traffic, passenger volume rose to 216,000 this year compared to 150,000 last year. International passenger departures reached 222,000 this year from 150,000 a year ago.

Domestic cargoes chalked up a 36 percent increase from 9,500 tons in 2003 to 12,800 tons this year. Outgoing domestic cargoes registered a six-percent increase from 14,000 tons last year to 15,000 tons this year.

The volume of international cargoes increased by four percent from 8,000 tons in 2003 to 8,300 tons this year, while outgoing international cargoes slowed down to a negative three percent this year at 6,500 tons from 6,700 tons last year.

Overall, there were 18,000 domestic flights and 3,000 international flights from January to September, or an increase of 12 percent. — Freeman News Service


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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