Pagadian Airport Re-opens

Boast wider and extended runways

October 9, 2009

Pagadian City - The expanded Pagadian airport re-opens today to the public with no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gracing the inauguration the newly expanded airport.

The P309.46-million airport development project started in 2006 and calls for the repair, widening and extension of the airports runway with shoulder and grade correction as well as expansion of the airports apron to accommodate two ramps for narrow-body jets like Airbus 319/320 used by major airlines in the country, and was completed in September 2009.

The first jet that touched down the newly repaired runway was Fokker 70 of the Philippine Air Force carrying PSG troops followed by Dornier 328 of the Royal Star Aviation, registration RP-C8328 chartered to carry the PMS entourage of the President. The last jet that landed for the inauguration was the Presidential jet owned by San Miguel Corporation, with registration RP-C8576 chartered by the Office of the President to carry Gloria Arroyo.

A new 3 storey control tower is also in the works to be completed early next year to compliment navigational services of the airport which is scheduled to open for commercial traffic in November 2009 with Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific lining up services for Manila and Cebu.

Zest Air is also planning to relaunch its service to the airport from Manila. Airline schedule has yet to be announced from the respective airline companies.

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