Foreign air travel climbs in first quarter

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The number of international passengers grew by double-digit during the first quarter, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

Data from the regulator showed that international passenger volume climbed 11.6 percent to 3.44 million from January to March from 3.08 million the same period last year.

Of the total, 1.64 million were inbound passengers and 1.8 million were outbound passengers.

CAB said that only 36 out of the 44 carriers authorized in the country operated during the period. The agency said Air Nauru and Vietnam Airlines ceased flying to the Philippines in 2001. British Airways also stopped flying to the Philippines in 2002. Swissair, Egyptair, Air France and P.T. Bouraq all stopped flying to the country in 2004 and Lufthansa ceased operations in April 2008.

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