NAIA passengers in Holy Week seen to hit 140,000

Manila, Philippines – Officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are preparing for the expected influx of passengers this Holy Week who will go home to their provinces and leave the country.

In the Laging Handa public briefing, NAIA Senior Assistant General Manager Bryan Co said that from the 120,000 passengers processed daily, it is expected to increase to 140,000 per day before the season of Semana Santa arrives.

He said that the agencies related to the operation of the airport, including the airline companies, are preparing to make the travel of the passengers smooth and easy during the holy week.

“Right now, NAIA is processing around 120,000 passengers per day and we expect by the holy week we will reach around 140,000 passengers per day so NAIA and government agencies and airlines that service our airport are preparing for this,” said Co.

But he said the influx of passengers does not end during Holy Week as it is expected to continue until the May holiday season.

In addition to this, he said, the holidays promote economic holidays so that the people can travel.

“We expect that this will be our entire summer period, not just this April but it will be extended until May when there is summer vacation and there are various holidays besides this holy week,” added Co.

Now that other countries have opened their borders after the pandemic, the official said to expect more passengers to flock to the airport terminals to visit the country.

He said among the passengers visiting the Philippines are Chinese, Japanese, Korean and others.