Legaspi Int'l Airport completes P40M upgrade
MANILA, Philippines –The P40-million ($857,916.48) Legaspi International Airport passenger terminal refurbishment is complete, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced Thursday, August 20.
The new terminal building is expected to accommodate more than 500 passengers at any time.
The airport currently handles 8 regular flights from Manila and Cebu from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and CebGo (Tiger Air); and chartered international flights mostly from Shanghai and mainland China. It accommodates medium-sized commercial jets and military aircraft on its single runway.
The airport can handle night landings and take-off but only on prior notice. It normally operates from sunrise to sunset due to the ongoing improvement and installation of its instrument landing system.
The newly renovated passenger terminal building (PTB) was designed to provide convenience to airline passengers. Its eco-friendly design also features ceiling glass fronted walls, which allows sunlight to fill the facility that reduced the need for artificial lighting for the good part of the day.
It also provides a view of the runway, and the Mayon Volcano.
Separate international arrival and pre-departure areas were added in the refurbished PTB. There are spaces now housing government agencies like the Bureau of Immigration, Customs and H uman/Plant Quarantine, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
CAAP's self-generated revenue provided funds that allowed improvements on Legaspi International Airport's passenger terminal. The construction of the South Luzon or Bicol International Airport is underway and eyed for completion in the next 5 years. (READ: DOTC earmarks P781M for Bicol international airport)
“The management could not just sit and watch with a blank face the difficulties and discomfort being experienced by passengers due to cramped space and insufficient vent system of the old passenger terminal,” said Cynthia Tumanut, area and airport manager of the Area Center V and Legaspi International Airport.
Area Center V is composed of Legaspi, Albay, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, Virac, Bulan, and Daet airports. – Rappler.com
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