26 April 2017
|The Transport Department (DOTr) will inaugurate the new Puerto Princesa International Airport Terminal Project on May 3, 2017.|
The new $185 million Korean Export Import Bank (KEXIM) funded passenger terminal building (PTB) with ICQ facility was designed to accommodate 1.9 million passengers annually but could handle up to 5 million per annum. It has a floor area of 13,000 square meter as compared to the existing terminal with 2,400 sqm of floor space. Construction started August of 2014.
The airport expansion project costs $102.56 million while its PTB design and build contract, awarded to Korean group Kumho Industrial Co. Ltd.-GS Engineering and Construction joint venture, was worth $82.9 million, according to the Department of Transport (DOTr).
Development cost includes the construction of a new passenger, cargo, ARFF, control tower, admin, engineering and other support buildings, runway and strip upgrade, new apron and taxiways and provision for new navigation facilities designed for eventual expansion the international airport’s capacity with use of heavy aircraft to address growing air traffic consistent with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards on airside infrastructures.
Puerto Princesa International Airport is one of the gateway airports for the Philippines that handled 1,644,003 passengers in 2016. It also handles 1.2 million tourists in 2016.