NAIA Terminal 4 reopening, improves tourism recovery

NAIA Terminal 4 reopening, improves tourism recovery

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the operator of NAIA, resumed operations for domestic flights Monday, March 28, to better serve the traveling public.

The NAIA Terminal 4 serves Cebu Pacific's CebGo, AirAsia Philippines, and AirSWIFT Airlines.

In June 2020, operations of these three carriers were transferred to Terminal 3 after the Department of Transportation permitted them to operate special and sweeper flights to ferry passengers bound for provinces and pick up foreign tourists stranded in different areas back in Manila.

On Monday, CebGo said 27 domestic flights have transferred from NAIA Terminal 3 to Terminal 4.

"As travel protocol become easier, travel has begun to pick up right in time for the summer season. With the rise in passenger traffic, Cebu Pacific and CebGo are reminding passengers to go early to the airport so they can fly easy with CEB," as it said, based on the report in Manila Times.

Meanwhile, AirSWIFT Airlines has eight destinations - Basco, Batanes; Busuanga, Clark, El Nido in Palawan; Mactan-Cebu; NAIA; and Sicogon Island in Iloilo.

As for AirAsia Philippines, it said that it flies at least 50 flights per day.

Around 235,000 AirAsia Philippines guests are expected to depart and arrive at NAIA T4 in the first two months of the resumption of its operations. The world's best low-cost airline also anticipates this figure to increase given the Holy Week and summer exodus, which starts next week.

All AirAsia Philippines domestic flights to and from Manila will operate from hereon at NAIA Terminal 4, while all international flights will remain at NAIA Terminal 3.

AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Ricky Isla said, "The return of domestic operations to NAIA Terminal 4 is a strategic move in managing the expected influx of passengers at Terminal 3 in the coming months. This will optimize overall airline operations from check-in to boarding, helping airlines to significantly improve on-time performance."

(Manila Times)

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