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Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) is now accommodating night flights after additional navigation systems recently became operational.

Since September 1, 2019, BPIA has extended its operating schedule from 12 hours (6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) to 16 hours (6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.), according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

DOTr said this followed the installation, full calibration, testing and operationalization of several types of ground-based navigational equipment, such as distance measuring equipment, localizer antenna, ground-based radio navigational aid, and instrument landing system at the airport. Such equipment enables the precise and systematic launching and landing of aircraft.

The much-needed ground-based system is seen to aid flight operations greatly by complementing the airport’s existing satellite-based navigation system, which has limited capacity at night and during bad weather.

With both navigation systems in operation, more flights can be accommodated at the country’s first “eco-airport,” which formally started operations in November last year, replacing Tagbilaran Airport.

DOTr said the influx of additional flights is seen to reduce airfare and provide additional travel options to the people and guests of Bohol province.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general Jim Sydiongco said the extended hours of operation of the BPIA is part of continuing efforts to make operations more efficient and optimize utilization of facilities at the airport.

“The more flights we can accommodate, the more benefits we can offer to our air passengers. This has always been the focal guidance of Secretary Art Tugade—to enhance the connectivity, mobility and comfort of the Filipino people,” Sydiongco said.

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