Bohol-Panglao airport extends operations to late night after upgrade

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2019 11:44 AM | Updated as of Sep 04 2019 03:12 PM

MANILA - The Bohol-Panglao International Airport is set to operate night flights after an additional navigation system was installed, the transport department said Wednesday.

From Sept. 1, the airport extended operating hours to 16 (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) from 12 hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) boosting its capacity, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement. 

The installation, calibration and operationalization of various ground-based navigational equipment, such as distance measuring equipment (DME), localizer antenna, radio navigational aid and instrument landing system (ILS) "complements" the airport's satellite-based system which has limitations at night or during severe weather, the DOTr said. 

“The more flights we can accommodate, the more benefits we can offer to our air passengers,” Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general Jim Sydiongco said. 

The government's goal is to get all 42 commercially operational airports in the country "night-rated" before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade earlier said.