DOTr Inaugurates New Virac Terminal

4 June 2018

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) has inaugurated the newly rehabilitated Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of Virac Airport on June 1.

The P45 million two-storey Terminal rehabilitation and expansion project began in January 2016 by DSB Construction and Supply which won the bid and was targeted for completion in July 2016. However, the project was suspended in May 2016 due to variation orders by DOTr to include retrofitting of the original structure first build in 1963 costing 4.5 million more of the original contract of P39.4 million.

VIP Lounge

The project resumed in October 2016 only to be damaged by Typhoon Nena in December 2016 causing another variation order from DOTr to repair the damage. It was finally completed on May 14, 2018 with a revised price tag of 45 million.

The PTB project involved retrofitting the old design of the passenger terminal building into a modern and bigger structure that would withstand acts of God like typhoons and up to magnitude 7 earthquake.

Construction works involved rehabilitation and expansion of passenger terminal building that will increase handling capacity from 100 passengers to 300 passengers. The ground floor arrival area and second floor pre-departure areas have also been expanded and rehabilitated to accommodate additional traffic.

Virac Airport was build in 1944 by the US military and was turned over to the government of the Philippines in 1946 as a civilian airport, with its first commercial flight by Philippine Airlines DC-3 landing in 1947 until it ceased flight operations in 1998.

On October 27, 2013, it inaugurated the first jet service made by Cebu Pacific which launched the first Airbus A319 flight to Virac on its thrice weekly Manila-Virac-Manila route. It has since been upgraded to regular A320 aircraft. In December 2017 Philippine Airlines launched its Clark-Virac-Clark route thrice a week.

The airport which occupies a total land area of 18.55 hectares has 1.8km x30m runway and is classified as Principal Class 2 air facility that is operated by CAAP.

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