LOOK: San Vicente Airport in Palawan opens

Chinee Palatino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2017 08:43 PM

The San Vicente Airport in Palawan was officially opened to light aircraft on Thursday.

The San Vicente Airport in Palawan was officially opened to light aircraft on Thursday.

The San Vicente Airport in Palawan was officially opened to light aircraft on Thursday.

PALAWAN - The San Vicente Airport was officially opened to light aircraft on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced. 

Commercial flights to and from San Vicente Airport are expected to begin by the end of the year.

“Philippine Airlines (PAL) is already moving their equipment papunta ng San Vicente Airport earlier today, and in the past weeks, palaging pumupunta dito ang PAL because of their huge interest,” said James Paul Inawasan, municipal administrator of San Vicente.

Airport construction started in 2009, and now that it is already operational, the local government foresees an influx of tourists and investors.

"Sobra talagang happy sa San Vicente, kita mo nga sa piyesta namin ngayon, they’re not just excited about the Mud Festival pero all tourism development talaga. Magiging gateway na talaga ang SanVic,” Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez said.

Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan, also known as the "Longest White Beach" in the Philippines. Chinee Palatino, ABS-CBN News

Once commercial flights begin in San Vicente Airport, tourists do not have to go to San Vicente via a 3-hour land travel from Puerto Princesa City, making the town's popular tourist destinations such as Long Beach more accessible.