The Department of Transportation inaugurated two airport development projects in the Visayas in pursuit of providing enhanced air mobility and connectivity across the country.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco led other officials in the inauguration of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Calbayog Airport in Samar and the new Taxiway and Administration Building of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City.
“Our kababayans in Samar deserve nothing but the best. Hindi biro ang naranasan nilang hirap noong 2013 dahil sa Bagyong Yolanda. Ngayon, ang pagsasaayos natin ng Calbayog Airport ay patunay na ang Samar ay mahalaga. Ang mga Waray ay mahalaga, at mahal kayo ng pamahalaan,” Tugade said.
The Calbayog Airport’s new PTB, which can now accommodate 450 passengers, increasing the 76-passenger capacity of its old terminal.
With the development in Calbayog Airport, it is expected to help further boost economic activities in the entire Region 8 and enhance the tourism potential of Samar and its nearby provinces.
According to CAAP, at least 1,500 jobs were during the construction phase of the Calbayog Airport Development Projects and nearly 300 indirect jobs will be generated once the PTB started its operation.
In addition to the new PTB, the completed development projects in Calbayog Airport also include a new apron, a new taxiway, drainage system, site development, construction of runway end safety area (RESA), and runway asphalt overlay.
Meanwhile, the extended taxiway project in Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is expected to increase passenger traffic and aircraft movement in the General Aviation area of the MCIA. This will likewise accommodate wide-body aircraft in preparation for future expansions.