New Kalibo International Airport Boosts Tourism
ANOTHER rehabilitated airport is expected to boost tourism and economic activities as the Ministry of Transport (DoTR) announced over the weekend the modernization of Kalibo International Airport. The DoTr and the Philippine Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) opened the airport on June 4.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, CAAP Director General and Captain Jim Sydiongco and other key transport officials were present at the inauguration. Completed on September 15, 2020, the airport’s 2,633 square meter (m²) expanded International Terminal (IPTB) can now accommodate 406 passengers from its previous capacity of 344 passengers.
Before the rehabilitation, the airport land covered only 1,584 m².
The transportation department said queued passengers have a 126 square meter covered section outside the IPTB to protect them from the elements.
To eliminate long queues of passengers, sufficient space has been created for the operation of customs, immigration and screening staff. Airline check-in counters have been extended to 468 m² from 216 m² previously, while the pre-departure waiting area for passengers now covers 608.40 m² with an additional space of 284.40 m². The renovation of over 4000 m² of dilapidated roadway was also included in the rehabilitation. The domestic terminal at the airport was also repainted, installed with tile carpet and the toilets were also renovated.
“This airport will serve as a trigger for employment, not only when the construction is done and is done, but also when the construction is completed because it will become a generator of jobs”, according to Tugade. Noting that at least 280 workers were employed by the project, he said more jobs would be created once the airport became operational. In addition to the job opportunities it will create, Tugade added: “It will be a trigger for improving not only travel and economic development in Aklan, but more importantly for triggering mobility between islands. of the republic, but also to trigger connectivity and mobility to other parts of the world. “Kalibo international airport is part of the administration’s Build, Build, Build program.