Passenger traffic recovery at Manila Ninoy Aquino International accelerates in Q1

With the full reopening of borders and easing of travel restrictions, the Philippines’ main gateway is expected to see a surge of travellers in the coming months

PHILIPPINES. Passenger traffic at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport reached almost 10.9 million in the first quarter of 2023, up by +158% year-on-year. This is according to the latest figures by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), which operates the country’s main gateway.

Reflecting a solid tourism revival, the quarterly passenger volumes were just -6% lower than the pre-pandemic record of 11.6 million in the first three months of 2019.

Philippine Airlines has said that flights should be restored to 90% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023 {Photo: Ninoy Aquino International Airport}

Flight movements during this period totalled 67,781, an increase of +77% from the same period in 2022. The numbers also surpassed the pre-pandemic flight movements during the first three months of 2019, which stood at 65,161.

MIAA General Manager Cesar Chiong said: “With the reopening of borders in countries such as Hong Kong and China, as well as the easing of travel restrictions, many travellers have regained confidence to fly in and out of the Philippines for both leisure and business purposes.”

He added: “As the aviation industry recovers from the effects of the pandemic, passenger numbers are likely to rise further in the coming months and years.” ✈

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