Air transport registers increase in 2009
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (26 February) -- Air transport in the region recorded a sharp rise in 2009, attributed to the operation of the new Davao International Airport now considered as one of the busiest airports in the country.
In yesterday's Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Ulat sa Bayan, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines XI reported an increased income from 290 million in 2008 to 330 million in 2009.
It was shown that more aircrafts are now using the CAAP facility which contributed to the increased aircraft traffic in Davao City , now at 19,047 flights last year. Incoming flights are slightly higher than outgoing flights.
Domestic passenger volume also increased to almost 2 million last year from 1.6 million in 2008. CAAP recorded 995,190 outbound passengers and 964,032 inbound passengers in the same year.
However, foreign passenger traffic slightly decreased to 32,453 from 46,468 in 2008 due to health advisories as well as peace and order condition.
Inbound cargo volume also slightly reduced last year due to global recession while many companies lessened their cargo forwarding.
CAAP attributed this growth on the improved Davao International Airport that accommodates an annual passenger capacity of 1.2 million and 80,000 metric tons carago capacity. The passenger terminal facilities are open for 18 hours while the air navigation for 24 hours daily.
CAAP is a product of RA 9487 Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2007, signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The said independent regulatory body with quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers is mandated to set comprehensive, clear and impartial rules of the aviation industry. (PIA XI) [top]