Kalibo still the fastest growing airport in 2010

Ozamiz following closely at number two

April 11, 2011

Kalibo International Airport retained the title as the country's fastest growing airport in two consecutive years, data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) showed.

The International airport in Panay island grew 57% at 1,005,845 in 2010 as compared t0 2009's figure of 615,024, followed closely by Davao and Mactan at 35 and 31.7%.

Meanwhile Ozamiz Labo Airport was adjudged as the country's fastest growing domestic airport (26%) followed by Cagayan de Oro (21%) besting other traditional growth airports of Butuan, Cotabato and Dipolog, all of which are considered as secondary class 1 airports for domestic destinations.

The once community airport in the south that was re-opened on July 8, 2007 registered 206,428 passengers from 1,057 aircraft movements and 2,839,732 kgs. of cargo traffic in 2010, an impressive leap from its 2008 data of of only 80, 289, and 125, 810 for 2009, which is equivalent to 150% increase in passenger traffic since the airports opening and 60% growth rate year on year basis.

The same data disclosed that Butuan and its neighboring Dipolog Airport suffered a decline of almost one percentile (.06) and (4%) respectively. Dipolog traffic dropped from its 2009 level of 188,664 to 181,386 in 2010. The opening of Pagadian airport last year recorded 26,082 passengers and surprisingly did not dampen the growth spurs for Ozamiz.

Kalibo International airport is expected to overtake its neighboring Iloilo airport, which now ranks as the fourth biggest airport in the Philippines based on passenger traffic by 2011

Ozamiz airport, which remained idle for more than 12 years was upgraded to the tune of only P84 million for its rehabilitation making it the country's most efficient government airport project to date, as compared to San Fernando's P565 million allocation for the upgrade of San Fernando Airport in La Union.

Ozamiz Airport Development Project meanwhile has a total price tag of P215-million, 100 million of which was already bidded out as of December 2010. Upon completion of the Development Project which DOTC said is slated for completion in 2014, it will have a 2,000 x 45 meter ICAO standard runway.

The Airport currently boast a 1,745-meter x 30-meter runway serviced by two airlines Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, including its subsidiary Palexpress, with destinations to Manila and Cebu.

The busiest airport in the country is still Ninoy Aquino International Airport with 27 million, followed by Mactan International Airport at 5.7 million, and Bangoy International airport at 1.4 million.

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