The New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport, the country’s first eco airport, is expected to be completed by June and fully operational by August this year.
The Transportation Department said construction of the new airport was now 80-percent completed, with the runway fully-paved and operational.
“For its second phase, an additional 300 meters will be added to extend the runway from 2,500 meters to 2,800 meters after the operationalization of the airport. The runway was engineered to accommodate seven aircrafts at one time, including wide-body aircrafts for international flights,” the department said.
The agency said that since the Duterte administration took over in July 2016, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered for a 24/7 construction schedule to fast-track the completion of the airport.
Construction then saw a huge jump from the previous 6.48-percent completion recorded on June 22, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
The New Bohol Airport is on track to become the first eco-airport in the country, the department said. Dubbed as the “Green Gateway to the World,” it will serve as the premiere gateway to the province and island paradise of Panglao, a thriving tourist destination.
The department said the airport would be held to the highest standards of green and sustainable structures and would primarily use natural sunlight and air.
Solar panels will also be installed on the passenger terminal building roof, which can cover a third of the airport’s energy requirement.
Tugade, during the inspection of the project, ordered the PMO to form a committee to determine the various concessions to be placed at the airport once it was completed.
“The entire process, from selecting of concessionaires for food, shops, souvenirs should be written down. The CAAP [Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines] is not the only one that will decide. There should be a committee that will decide. I want it mixed. There should be a variety of shops,” Tugade said.
New Bohol Airport is expected to accommodate 2 million passengers in its opening year, an increase from the 800,000 passengers currently being accommodated by Tagbilaran airport.