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DoTr commends aviation authority for good work during Undas, BSKE

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) commended the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for its good performance in making air travel safe, secure, and comfortable during the long holiday break.

All commercial airports under CAAP supervision maintained heightened alert status and reinforced security measures in anticipation of passenger influx before, during, and after the observance of Undas and Barangay and the recent Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan Elections.

The management of 42 commercial CAAP airports and 12 area centers confirmed that operations ran smoothly with no untoward incidents reported.

Most flights were on time, and no security breaches were reported, while Malasakit Help Kits and Desks were distributed and activated for passengers.

“We are glad to have been of service to our passengers during the holidays. It has always been our goal to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable travel experience to all patrons of our airports. CAAP will ensure to keep up on its good work at all times,” said CAAP Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo.

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The agency saw a 42 percent increase in passenger volume from January to August 2022, serving a total of 12,979,945 passengers.

On Tuesday, the Manila International Airport Authority also reported its accomplishment, handling 1.2 million passengers and 8,000 flights, and achieving an On-Time Performance (OTP) rating of 84% from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5.

It also reported that 1,522,130 passengers—606,845 foreign and 625,285 domestic—passed through the country’s premier airport during the ten-day period, which encompassed the extended weekends and holidays of this year’s Undas season, on average 123,213 per day.

“We are pleased with these results, which indicate the continuous recovery of the aviation sector from the COVID-19 pandemic. We find encouragement in the actual numbers aligning with our projections,” stated MIAA Officer-in-Charge Bryan Co.

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