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Bicol international airport 80% complete

  • Construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA), touted to become the country’s most scenic gateway, is 79.74% complete and is expected to be finished in June or July
  • As of April 19, landside facilities are 93.71% complete while the passenger terminal building, runway extension, taxiway, drainage, and other site development works are 64.61% complete
  • The airport will serve a total of two million passengers annually and boost air traffic and tourism in the Bicol region

Construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA), touted to become the country’s most scenic gateway, is now 79.74% complete and expected to be fully finished in June or July, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

As of April 19, the construction of landside facilities (Package 2A) such as the administration building, air traffic control building, crash fire rescue building, and the maintenance building, is 93.71% complete. This is being handled by the Sunwest Construction and Development Corp.

Package 2B, covering the construction of the passenger terminal building, runway extension, taxiway, drainage, and other site development works, is 64.61% complete and handled by E.M. Cuerpo, Inc.

Transport secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said the agency eyes airport operations to start before the end of the year.

DOTr noted that the airport is almost 13 years delayed, with the original pre-feasibility study predating back to 1996 and the notice to proceed with construction given in 2003. Actual construction began in 2016.

Once completed, the airport is set to serve a total of two million passengers annually and is seen to boost air traffic and tourism in the region, greatly benefiting Bicolanos with more job and entrepreneurial opportunities, the agency said.

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