Kalibo airport opens new sections to accommodate more passengers

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Monday, March 30, 2015

IN TIME for the summer rush, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has opened new sections of the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) that will accommodate additional 800 passengers at a given time, an official said Monday.

"As always, we expect a high volume of visitors to Boracay in the next couple of months, so the new section will help meet this peak period demand," said Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

The arrival area of the new wing opened on March 26, while the departure area will start operating on Tuesday. Ten new check-in counters have been added to the latter section.

The government has spent P44.3 million in nearly 4,000-square meter airport expansion.

All domestic flights will be transferred to the new wing of the terminal, while international flights will remain in the original portion of the airport.

Abaya also announced the start of regular night flight operations at the gateway airport to Northern Mindanao.

"Another piece of good news is that regular evening flights to and from Laguindingan airport started last night, March 29. This boosts accessibility for the residents of Cagayan de Oro and neighboring areas, as well as for visitors to the region," he said.

After being fully equipped for night landing last October, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) gave airlines the option to schedule their night flights at the airport. Evening flights formally opened on March 12 when Cebu Pacific Air operated round-trips from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu and Davao. It will now offer regular night trips to and from Manila.

An Enhanced operating and maintenance (O&M) contract – which will require the eventual concessionaire to construct a terminal expansion as well as operate and maintain the airport – is currently being bid out by the DOTC along with the Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and New Bohol Airports.

The New Bohol airport – the first greenfield airport project of the Aquino administration – is another project of the DOTC, which recently awarded the P 3.36-billion construction contract to the Japanese joint venture of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation.

"Another world-class airport will soon rise on the island of Panglao, to cater to the steadily-increasing number of tourists in Bohol. It will be developed as an ‘eco-airport’ or one that features environmentally-sustainable technologies, in line with the province’s eco-tourism branding," Abaya said.

Construction is set to begin before the end of summer, and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. It is designed to accommodate one million passengers annually. (SDR/Sunnex)

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