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2 WV airports among 6 biggest in PH 

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Two airports in Western Visayas are among the six biggest airports in the country, according to an aviation think tank.

The Kalibo International Airport ranks fourth while the Iloilo Airport ranks sixth, the Airline Network News and Analysis said on its website,

Also in the Top 6 are the gateways in Manila, first; Cebu, second; Davao, third; and Cagayan de Oro, fifth.

According to ANNA, these airports accommodated 47 million passengers in 2012.

They feature an 82-percent share of seat capacity and a 79-percent share of flights, while the remaining services are split between a total of 32 airports, ANNA said, citing February data from Innovata.

Based on its statistical analysis, ANNA said Kalibo airport has 30,573 departing seats with 180 departing flights weekly and six operating airlines, and serves 13 destinations nonstop.

Iloilo airport, on the other hand, has 23,339 departing seats with 182 departing flights weekly and three airlines, and serves eight destinations nonstop.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila — a major international gateway in the Philippines — commands 54 percent and 49 percent of weekly seats and flights, respectively.

These data reportedly increased to 5.4 percent in seat capacity in 2013.

“At 11 percent, domestic capacity experienced more growth than the international sector, which managed to increase by just 3.1 percent [from] 2012 figures,” said ANNA. By JUN AGUIRRE /PanayNews

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