10 May 2018
|The San Vicente Airport (SVA) in Palawan will officially open to light aircraft on Thursday as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) grace opening of its Passenger Terminal Building (PTB).|
Gracing the event are DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will become the first airline operator to use the PTB of San Vicente Airport as it flies Q400 aircraft followed by Cebu Pacific (CEB) with their ATR72-600 turboprops.
The airport was earlier served with Air Juan charter flights as runway was opened August 1 last year. Southeast Asian Airlines was the first airline operator to use the airport with Let-410 in 2002. The airstrip opened to the public in May 10, 2001.
The community airport now boast 1,612 meters runway length x 45 meters width capable of handling these aircraft type. A planned 300 meters extension will be made after sufficient traffic is registered in the airport for category C operations.
Airport Expansion Project began in 2009 with the 800 meter airstrip expanded together with concreting of its runway followed by apron and PTB construction completed last year.