Tagbilaran Airport expansion prospects bright

Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Positive prospects are now being gleaned for the much-needed expansion from the airport in Bohol’s capital city, Tagbilaran.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan, Jr. said right after surveying the area that work on an extra apron at the airport could begin soon.

DOTC Admin Joseph Emilio Abaya recently delivered Bucayan to Bohol upon the request of Governor Edgar Chatto to look into the planned expansion from the airport.

Bucayan, who may be DOTC undersecretary in charge of project implementation, said the possibility of putting up another airport terminal is being explored.

The brand new terminal, he said, is seen as not just maximizing the capacity of the airport to accommodate more planes but also to provide to have an emergency parking area where stalled aircraft could be towed, effectively decongesting the airport.

Expansion of the airport in Tagbilaran will even open doors to international chartered flights and easing the way meant for investors who have been keen on Bohol to come to the province.

Bucayan said the DOTC fully facilitates the implementation of the project as far as development and enhancement is concerned.

DOTC officials and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have already met, work timeframes motivated and implementation expected to begin this season, Bucayan said.

Tourism stakeholders in Bohol have been expressing the need for the expansion of the airport particularly at this point in time when the province is making efforts to recover from the devastation wrought by the 7. 2-magnitude earthquake which struck here in mid-October a year ago. Tourism is among the more important pillars of economic activity and growth in Bohol.

The need to raise the capacity of the airport has become even more urgent after the New Year’s event when flights were cancelled due to an aircraft set aground due to technical problems.

As the Tagbilaran City Airport is being enhanced, clearing operations are also underway at the site of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.

Bucayan also visited the new airport task site with the provincial project management team.

Construction from the new airport is likewise started begin this year and is targeted meant for completion by 2016, a commitment which has been made by the current Aquino Administration.


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Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Positive prospects are being gleaned for the much-needed expansion of the airport in Bohol’s capital city, Tagbilaran.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan, Jr. said after surveying the area that work on an additional apron at the airport could start soon.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya recently sent Bucayan in order to Bohol upon the request of Governor Edgar Chatto to look to the planned expansion of the airport.

Bucayan, who is DOTC undersecretary in charge of project implementation, said the possibility of putting up another terminal is being explored.

The new terminal, he or she said, is seen as not only maximizing the capacity of the airport to accommodate more aeroplanes but also to provide for an emergency parking area where stalled aircraft might be towed, effectively decongesting the airport.

Expansion of the airport in Tagbilaran will also open doorways to international chartered flights and easing the way for investors who’ve been keen on Bohol to come to the province.

Bucayan said the DOTC fully supports the implementation of the project as far as development and enhancement is concerned.

DOTC officials and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have already fulfilled, work timeframes determined and implementation expected to begin this year, Bucayan mentioned.

Tourism stakeholders in Bohol have been expressing the need for the expansion of the airport particularly at this point in time when the province is making efforts to recover from the destruction wrought by 7. 2-magnitude earthquake which struck here in mid-October last year. Tourism is probably the more important pillars of economic exercise and growth in Bohol.

The need to increase the capacity from the airport has become even more urgent after the New Year’s incident when plane tickets were cancelled due to an plane set aground because of technical difficulties.

While the Tagbilaran City Airport is being improved, clearing procedures are also underway at the site from the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.

Bucayan also went to the new airport project site with all the provincial project management team.

Construction of the new airport is likewise set to begin this season and is targeted for completion simply by 2016, a commitment that has been made by the existing Aquino Administration.

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