Eco-friendly airport to rise on Panglao Island in 2017

A new world-class, eco-friendly airport will rise in Panglao Island in Bohol by 2017, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Monday.

Abaya said the construction of the New Bohol airport, the first airport project of the Aquino administration to be developed as an “eco-airport,” is set to begin before the end of summer this year.

An eco-airport will feature environmentally sustainable technologies.

He said the airport is designed to accommodate one million passengers yearly, catering to the steadily increasing number of tourists in Bohol.

Japanese joint venture Chiyoda Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. bagged the construction contract for P3.36 billion.

Abaya said that it was vital to develop and modernize the country’s airports not only to provide better service to passengers, but to also enable economic growth for Filipinos.

Construction of the New Bohol Airport follows developments in the country’s other airports, including the opening of the new wing (arrival area) of the Kalibo International Airport last March 26 and the beginning of regular night flight operations at the Laguindingan Airport last March 29.

Last year, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 was finally opened for full airline operations. In the same year, DOTC also kicked off its project to rehabilitate NAIA Terminal 1.

Furthermore, the expansion by more than 8,000 square meters of Clark International Airport’s passenger terminal building was begun in May. Contracts to bring the Mactan-Cebu and Puerto Princesa Airports to world-class levels were also awarded.

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