The Department of Transportation and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is set to inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building of the Maasin Airport on Monday.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade will lead the inauguration with DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco.
The airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building aims to upgrade the airport from a community airport to a standard Principal Class 2 airport, so that it can meet increasing air transport demands.
Maasin Southern Leyte is the birthplace of President Rodrigo Duterte, who was born on March 28,1945.
Meanwhile, in Kalibo, in its effort to improve the travel experience of passengers at the Kalibo International Airport, the CAAP said the improvement of KIA’s passenger terminal building is set to commence on Monday after the contract worth P17.9 million was awarded to the winning bidder earlier last month.
The traffic and passenger movement cutback due to the ongoing Boracay Island closure from April until October this year will allow several significant projects to be put into action, as the CAAP plans to make the most out of the time brought about by the reduction of flights.
Priority projects in the KIA rehabilitation include the refurbishment of existing passenger terminal building, the repainting of the international passenger terminal building interiors, landside beautification through landscaping, electrical system and air conditioning system rewiring, and the enhancement of railings and barricades.
Other major developments for the airport’s expansion include the re-blocking of apron pavement targeted to commence on Sept. 4, runway strip grade correction starting on Nov. 22, and the construction of a power house on Nov. 24.
In 2017, KIA served a total of 2.52 million passengers – about 1.09 million domestic and 1.43 million international passengers.