CAGAYAN de Oro’s Lumbia airport has posted an increase in number of flights for this year’s second quarter compared to the same period in 2009, data from the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Northern Mindanao revealed.

From 1,484 domestic flights in 2009, it goes up to 1,641, or around 11 percent higher than previously recorded in the first half this year, the Neda data said.

The Neda-Northern Mindanao said that the total number of incoming and outgoing passengers also posted increases by 13 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Incoming passengers reached 172,667 in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 152,872 passengers during the same period in 2009.

For outgoing passengers, there were a total of 179,670 passengers registered in the second quarter of the year, against 157,395 passengers in the first half of last year.

Meanwhile, the Neda-Northern Mindanao also recorded an increase in both incoming and outgoing air cargoes by 33 and 117 percent, respectively.

For incoming cargoes, from 1.4 million kilogram in 2009, the number has gone up to 1.9 million kg in 2010. Outgoing cargoes has increased from 1.4 million to 3.0 million kilogram in 2010.

Labo Airport in Ozamis City registered an increase in the number of commercial flights by 34 percent, or 306 flights, compared to last year’s 228.

Consequently, the total number of recorded incoming and outgoing passengers sees an increase of 68 percent and 61 percent, respectively.

Incoming passengers totaled 27,634 during the first half of this year compared to that of last year’s 16,486 passengers.

For outgoing passengers, there were a total of 28,687 passengers registered during the same period this year, against 17,798 passengers in the first half of 2009.

Significant increases were likewise recorded for the volume of both outgoing and incoming cargoes in Ozamiz’s airport performance.

During the period, incoming cargoes rose by 91.12 percent, or from 308,079 kg in the second quarter of 2009 to 588,800 kg in the same period in 2010. Outgoing cargoes improved by 87 percent, or from 173,702 kg in 2009 to 324,065 kg in the same period this year.

article by Loui Maliza of SSC

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