MANILA – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Sunday that its gross revenues reached PHP 14.11 billion in 2018, up 9% from 2017.
Of the total gross revenue, the MIAA said PHP 1.7 billion went to the national government.
MIAA attributes this growth to the increase in flights and passenger volume in 2018, especially for international flights.
Data sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) showed that in 2018 the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) had a total of 22,973,510 international passengers arriving and departing.
Domestic passengers, on the other hand, were 22,142,186.
The total number of international flights was 113,817, while domestic flights were 145,881.
In an interview with MIAA General Ed Monreal last December, he said the airport’s two new fast-exit taxiways that opened last year have greatly assisted operations.
“(The fast-exit taxiways) help the plane exit faster and transit through the four NAIA terminals,” he said.
Monreal also noted that these taxiways save time or aircraft movements per hour, as the aircraft would not need to wait or run the full length of the runway, and simply take the taxiway to exit.
The NAIA now has four fast-exit taxiways – two could accommodate a small aircraft and two could accommodate larger wide-body aircraft.
Wide-body aircraft could accommodate more passengers, and the MIAA sees this as a contributor to the huge volume of international passengers in 2018.
The MIAA also cited the increase in Chinese tourist arrivals since the government introduced the “visa on arrival” option in the NAIA as another factor contributing to the increase in the number of international passengers. (ANP)