The runway of the new Bohol Panglao International Airport was completed yesterday which brings the airport nearer to its total completion.
Project Manager Tashida Aoi of the Japan Airport Consultants (JAC) made the announcement in front of Manila journalists who visited the project site yesterday noon before they enplane back to Manila.
The project manager said the visit of the Manila media was timely for him to report to the world that the “last container of the specially mixed thick asphalt was poured at the end of the runway to complete the 2,500 meters (or 2.5 has) stretch of the runway.”
The completion in the pouring of the asphalt came as the project has set June next year as the completion of the whole airport, including its terminal building which is 13,337 square meters in land area in the two-storey edifice.
The manager said the airport will be officially open for commercial flights by September next year or barely 10 months from today.
Aoi was proud to inform the Manila journalists that the new airport is one of the few airports in the country which already has its room for expansion whenever the air traffic would demand for more landing area. Presently the new airport has six bay facilities, meaning six planes can land at the same time and even more once the short-distance planes will just park at the runway without availing of the tubes.
The airport sprawls on a 230-hectare land in barangay Bolod, in Panglao town.
The Manila journalists included Angelo Garcia of Manila Bulletin , Feliciano Rodriguez of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Nikie Wangag of Manila Standard; Claire Baroma of Expat, and Malaya Business writer Antonio delos Reyes. The group was escorted by Pete Dacoycot,a PR and and Media consultant.