AROUND 420,000 persons from Northern Mindanao traveled via Mactan-Cebu International Airport last year.
In a press conference here, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation promotions head Aines Librodo reported that the number constituted a 22 percent increase in passenger traffic from Cagayan de Oro City and nearby areas.
That translates to 53 flights a week.
GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation operates Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second largest airport in the country.
The company conducted a roadshow here in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday (February 4) as a gesture of gratitude to its Northern Mindanao patrons.
Despite the current coronavirus scare hitting the airline industry bad, airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, EVA Airways, Cathay Pacific and China Eastern Airlines were still bullish in introducing their latest routes.
In particular, Librado is optimistic that once this crisis blows over, there will be a surge in air travel.
Librodo recalled that by the end of the SARS crisis in 2002, people were hurrying to go on holidays everywhere.
She is hopeful that a similar scenario will occur in this era of the novel coronavirus.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport has a lot of stake in its hands - China (Ground Zero of the virus) is its second largest market for both incoming and outbound flights.
It indeed will be a long journey ahead. Meanwhile as of presstime, Mactan-Cebu International Airport is in a state of emergency and airlines have momentarily suspended its China-bound flights except for Cathay Pacific which caters mostly to connecting flights.
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