Calbayog Airport Expands

4 January 2017 

The Philippine Transport Department (DOTr) has allocated ₱445.003 million as phase three of Calbayog Airport Development Project.

Phase 3 covers  lot acquisitions for site development to enable the construction of new passenger terminal building (PTB) that will increase passenger capacity of the airport tenfold from the present 450 sq.m to 4,500 sq.m. (180m x 25m). Site acquisitions include airport road, parking, apron, and future expansion areas.

The airport's apron will also be expanded (+208m x 93m) to comply with ICAO standards as the present ramp is too narrow to support an airbus A320 jet. The old terminal and other obstructing structures will likewise be demolish to make way for the expanded apron so that it will enable the airport to accommodate three airbus jets simultaneously consistent with Class 1 airport classification.

Apart from the new passenger terminal and  apron expansion, a new southern taxiway will also be constructed to increase aircraft movement at the airport.

Another ₱125 million is scheduled for phase 4 implementation covering runway shoulder grade corrections (1100m x 60m), night lighting facilities and other navigational aids due for bidding this year.

The first phase of Calbayog Airport Development Project conceptualized in 2012 involves runway widening (650m x15) in the amount of ₱30.0076 million followed by phase two, also runway widening (620m x15) and asphalt overlay (1660m x45) in the amount of ₱347.843 million.

The local government units shouldered the cost of the 500 meters extension to make the runway length of 2100m x45 comparable to other class one airport. Another ₱9 million was spend for feasibility and Master planning and ₱93.5 million for runway and airport terminal repairs, construction of control tower, fire station, purchase and installation of communication and navigation equipment and concrete paving of turn around pads and access roads.

Constructed in 1946 the airport began with a 500 meter grass runway which has grown length to 1k macadam in 1956 to 1,476 meters concrete runway by 1997.

Calbayog Airport Development Project has a price tag of ₱1.2 billion when fully completed.

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