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THE rise influenza A (H1N1) cases in the world have not yet affected the arrivals at Lumbia Domestic Airport, according to the latest figures supplied by the local Air Transportation Office (ATO).

An ATO comparative data on air traffic obtained by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro reveal an increase in arrivals for the first quarter of 2009.

Arrivals over at the domestic airport for the first quarter of 2008 were 104,523 passengers while for the same quarter this year, a marked increase of 14.41 percent to 119,584 passengers was recorded.

“This increase is attributed to the increase of the number flights coming into the city,” James Caiña, ATO’s flight data recorder said. In the first quarter of 2008 there were 930 incoming flights to the city while this year of the same quarter had 1,024 incoming flights.

This means, Caiña said, people have not hindered their travel plans even with the recent swine flu scare which would also mean that the local tourism sector have not been affected by the A (H1N1) alert, he added.

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