Phillipine Airport Now Ready for Bigger Aircraft

The new Davao City International Airport is now ready for more passengers and larger aircraft, according to the Asian Development Bank, which financed the $128 million state-of-the-art project.

Officially named Francisco Bangoy International Airport, it is now fully operational and is raring to take in more passengers and bigger aircraft, the ADB said.

It has been upgraded and expanded to provide reliable and safe all-weather operations that meet international standards and remove infrastructure bottlenecks that constrained the growth of domestic and international air services, the bank said.

"It will also enhance Davao's access to nearby markets and improve the overall economic prospects of the Southern Philippines, and could be considered one vital link for the intermodal transport network essential for this area," it said.

Actual passenger volume at the Davao airport last year surpassed one million domestic passengers flown in by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Asian Spirit out of 14 daily local flights.

International passengers to and from Manado and Singapore also reached almost 25,000.

"But Davao's spacious and modern terminal building is designed to accommodate much more, and can easily accommodate up to twice its designed minimum passenger capacity of one million passengers," the bank said.

Copyright: The Manila Standard -- 6/19/06

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