There has been a 79 percent drop in the number of passenger arrivals in the country this year due to travel restrictions meant to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente revealed.
“We expect these passenger statistics to remain low perhaps until early next year,” said Morente in a statement.
“But we remain hopeful that the international travel sector recovers soon, especially once the vaccine reaches our shores and confidence in travel is restored,” he added.
Morente said that BI records showed that, as of Dec. 25, there have been only 3.5 million passengers who arrived in the country this year.
Of the 3.5 million passengers who arrived in the country this year, Morente noted 2.03 were Filipinos and 1.54 were foreigners.
This is lesser than the 16.7 million arrivals recorder in 2019 which includes 8.7 Filipinos and 7.9 million foreigners.