6 July 2018
Calayan Airport Project is rising this year as it take shape in Barangay Dadao, Calayan Island of the Babuyan Islands chain beginning the fourth quarter of 2018.
The ₱241.43 million airport Project is the first airport to be constructed under President Duterte's Build, Build, Build Program implemented by the Transport Department (DOTr) and Department of Tourism (DOT) .
Initial funding for project implementation was approved by Congress in 2017 where ₱10 million was allocated by DOTr for ground clearing, runway preparation and concreting to the first 100 meters x18 meters of the runway. The land for the airport and the airstrip was earlier bought by DOT and developed for tourism and general aviation flights.
The Class 3 facility (community airport) when fully completed will boast a 1.2 kilometer runway x18 meters in width, 10,000sqm. apron, and Passenger Terminal building capable of handling 150 passengers. It is capable of servicing as big as DHC-Q400s and ATR72-600 turboprop plane although the airport is primarily geared to service smaller general aviation aircraft.
The airport project is expected to be completed in 2027. The 300 meter airstrip however will be made operational by 2020.