Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Two international airports to service Boracay

Boracay tourism will further flourish with completion of Kalibo and Caticlan international airports, says PGMA

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan (PND) – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said here today that the tourism industry in the Philippines would further flourish with the completion of two vital infrastructure projects in this province – the soon-to-be-completed Kalibo International Airport (KIA) and the soon-to-be-constructed Caticlan International Airport (CIA).

In a one-on-one interview with Gus Tolentino, Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster (KBP) regional president and station manager of DYRG-AM at the Shangri-la Resort here this morning, President Arroyo said these two airports, once completed, would provide the necessary support needed to further strengthen Boracay Island and the rest of Aklan province as the country’s premiere tourist destination. Both airports would provide tourists and locals alike a more convenient and closer venue to enter and exit Boracay Island.

For the KIA, President Arroyo said upgrades, such as the installation of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) on the runway and in the control tower, have allowed local and international flights to land at KIA even at night.

She added that the KIA passenger terminal, which is currently undergoing expansion procedures with the construction of a new passenger terminal building, will provide incoming and departing passengers a more comfortable travel experience with its state-of-the-art facilities not to mention easier access to their luggage.

“So, yang Kalibo (International) Airport, matatapos yan sa November (2009) (and with its ILS working to capacity), international flights can now take off and land at night,” the President said.

For CIA, on the other hand, President Arroyo expressed confidence that construction and upgrading procedures would commence immediately since four local and international developers have individually expressed their intent to develop the airport.

“Yang sa Caticlan (International Airport) naman, tiyak na yan kasi may apat o limang bidders na. Pipiliin na lang kung sino,” the President said.

The existing Caticlan airport, officially named Godofredo P. Ramos Airport after the late congressman from Malay town in Aklan, is classified as a feeder airport, one of the two gateways to the world-famous Boracay.

Despite its status, Caticlan is the third busiest airport in the Philippines, with the fifth highest number of passengers and the second highest number of aircraft movement, according to aviation authorities.

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