The local government of Panglao expressed confidence that the construction of the New Bohol Airport will be completed within the timeframe set. Panglao Mayor Nila Montero on Saturday said the municipal officials visited the site of the New Bohol Airport on Aug. 9 to check the status of the project.
The New Bohol Airport is designed as “A Green Gateway to the World”, having its component on sustainable environmental protection.
The municipal team posted on Facebook photos of the ongoing civil works at the project site showing that the runway is already paved to its partial completion, the frames of the administration building already coming into shape, the foundation of the building already in place, and its control tower also showing form.
Montero added that representatives of Japan Airport Consultants (JAC) presented to them the status of the project on the same day at the conference hall of the municipal hall.
With the mayor were SB Members Yolie Hormachuelos, Aya Montero, Dennis Hora, and Cres Arbutante, Engr. Bonao, municipal assessor Josefina Penales, acting MPDC Jairus Fuderanan, MDRRMO Arthur Bagcat, and Executive Assistant Danilo Reyes.
The JAC team assured that the construction of the PHP7.8-billion New Bohol Airport will be completed by March 2018 and will start operation in June 2018. By then, the airport will be ready for a sunrise-to-sunset operation with day flights of international standard.
By December 2018, the modern airport’s operation will be expanded to a 24/7 round.
The notice to commence work on the main civil works for the project was issued on June 15, 2015 and the project started in full swing on June 22 of the same year.
According to JAC, the New Bohol Airport can accommodate seven aircraft at one time, six of which on tube docks.
It can accommodate large aircraft for international flights and the airport will have immigration officers.
The scope of the project includes the construction of a 2,000-meter runway which is projected for expansion to 3,000 meters, other airside facilities such as two taxiways and apron, and an 8,361-square-meter passenger terminal building.
Other facilities are access roads, car parks, drainage system, and a soaking yard with the capacity of 200,000 tons.
Once it becomes operational, the Tagbilaran Airport will be immediately closed. The present site of the Tagbilaran City Airport will be developed into a business park when aviation system would be transferred to Panglao. with PNA