Guiuan Airport Reopens

March 12, 2009

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar - The 155 million airport is set to open again to the public in April this year, after a massive improvements and upgrading of its facilities were undertaken by the government to support its tourism program.

Guiuan Airport should improve access to Calicoan Island, which has been identified as a surfer’s paradise from the Pacific Ocean side.

The airport has 2,134 meter (7,000 feet) runway which was originally built as a United States Navy air base during World War II. It is capable of supporting A320 and B737 aircraft.

The Guiuan Airport Development Project covers for the resurfacing of the runway, construction and concreting of the apron and taxiway, fencing in accordance with ICAO safety standards, as well as site acquisition for access road and the rehabilitation of the passenger terminal building which was done in August last year.

Prior to its upgrade, the airport serviced light private planes, chartered cargo and military planes.

Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone said that both Seair and Cebu Pacific have expressed interest to fly Manila-Guiuan route once the airport is upgraded.

The airport is intended to compliment the $160 million dollar 11-hectare beach resort that would soon rise on Calicoan Island, which is managed by Tim Brumlik, an American resort developer and director of the Calicoan Island Resort Development Corp. (CIRDC).

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