Advancing air connectivity throughout the country and with the world, the Duterte administration, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Aviation and Airports Sector and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), has completed 17 commercial airport projects, with 28 more ongoing, in the first half of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s term.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade highlighted the vital importance of air connectivity in regional development.
“Connectivity and mobility in transport are key components in socio-economic development. By building new airports and rehabilitating existing ones, the transportation sector contributes to both regional and national progress,” Secretary Tugade said.
During the first half of President Duterte’s term, two (2) new international airports have been built, namely, the Lal-Lo International Airport in Cagayan, and the country’s first eco-airport, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.
Fifteen (15) other existing gateways have also been upgraded, two (2) of which are international and thirteen (13) domestic.
Under rehabilitated international airports, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), hailed as the world’s friendliest resort airport, opened its new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) last year, boosting annual capacity to 13.5 million passengers.
The Puerto Princesa Airport’s PTB was also expanded, and its runway extended to accommodate larger aircraft.
Domestic airports have not been left behind. Just last Friday, 05 July 2019, Ormoc Airport’s new facilities, including a renovated PTB and a widened runway, were inaugurated by no less than President Duterte himself.
Additionally, infrastructure developments for the domestic airports of Virac, Marinduque, Tuguegarao, San Vicente, and Busuanga in Luzon; Maasin, Tacloban, and Catarman in the Visayas; and Ipil, Camiguin, and Siargao in Mindanao, have been accomplished.
Testament to the government’s continuing drive for air connectivity, the DOTr-CAAP is accelerating the ongoing infrastructure development in twenty-seven (27) commercial airports and one (1) military air base. The government is also set to build one (1) more international airport. DOTR