Getting to Coron, Palawan – hailed as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world – will soon be much easier and convenient following the groundbreaking of the Busuanga Airport Development Project on March 12.
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
The PhP953.4-million project involves the construction of the runway embankment and the re-orientation of the airport runway.
Once the infrastructure development project is completed, Busuanga Airport will be able to accommodate larger aircraft that can ferry more people to this dive haven.
In 2017, Busuanga Airport catered to 525,044 passengers, a 63.26% increase from the 321,595 passengers it received in 2016. With the targeted capacity increase to accommodate larger aircraft, Busuanga Airport is seen to provide further boost to the economic growth of Palawan.
The DOTr and CAAP also hope to help establish a transportation framework for an economically feasible and sustainable tourism development in the region. Busuanga Airport aims to serve as the main gateway to the Calamian Group of Islands Tourism Cluster, an area comprising of the main islands of Calauit, Busuanga, Coron, and Culion, which are hosting a number of high potential tourist attractions such as pristine beaches and diving spots that feature coral reefs and sunken World War II Japanese shipwrecks.
Busuanga Airport, also known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport, is a principal class 2 airport located in the Municipality of Coron, Island of Busuanga, in the northern part of Palawan Province. The airport handles at least 16 domestic flights daily from various carriers. CAAP