LOOK: New wing opens in Boracay gateway

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 30 2015 01:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 30 2015 09:53 PM

MANILA – The P44.3 million new wing at the Kalibo International Airport was recently opened in anticipation of the rush of tourists to summer hotspot Boracay.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) opened the arrival area of the new wing on March 26.

The departure area will start operations on March 31, which will feature 10 new check-in counters.

“We’re happy to open Kalibo International Airport’s (KIA) new wing right as we enter the summer season. 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 Secretary Jun Abaya.

The nearly 4,000-square-meter expansion increases the airport’s capacity to accommodate an additional 800 passengers at any given time.

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

Abaya, meanwhile, said regular night flight operations have started at Laguindingan Airport, 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.

Evening flights at the airport were launched 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.

The DOTC also said the construction of the new Bohol airport is set to begin before the end of summer, and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

It is designed to accommodate 1 million passengers annually.

The airport, which is the first greenfield airport project of the Aquino administration, was recently awarded 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.

“In a country filled with tourist hotspots on islands separated by seas, it is vital to develop and modernize our airports not only to better service our passengers, but to also enable economic growth for our people,” he added.