Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led Friday the inauguration of the newly upgraded Camiguin Airport in Mambajao, Camiguin.
Tugade stressed that the airport’s upgrade will pave the way for the province to recover and bounce back in terms of its tourism and economy.
“We are here to celebrate not only the airport, but the beginning and the verse of a new economy, dictated by the rehabilitated airport, guided by the improved facilities on the road. On this way, Camiguin’s transformation will be more complete,” Tugade said.
The Transport chief was accompanied by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general Jim Sydiongco, Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairperson Martin B. Delgra III, DoTr Road Transport and Infrastructure Assistant Secretary Steve Pastor, DoTr Admin and Finance Undersecretary Giovanni Z. Lopez, OTS Administrator and OSS Head Undersecretary Raul L. del Rosario and CAAP chief of staff Atty. Danjun Lucas.
The DoTr Secretary also noted that the Camiguin Airport development projects cover a comprehensive improvement of the landside and airside facilities in the airport, including the fire station building and the development of the airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB).
It also included in the upgrade the administration building, the construction and improvement of the CAAP Security and Intelligence Service building, the asphalt overlay of the runway and the additional rehabilitation works for the PTB.
The improvements in the airport is in line with the eventual resumption of commercial operations in Camiguin.
Tugade also said that the airport’s PTB — from a previous 642.46 square meters — has now been expanded to an area of 1,401.59 square meters and has a 200 passenger capacity at any given time from the previous 66.
In 2020, the airport accommodated more than 14,000 passengers. It is also expected to be able to accommodate approximately 300,000 passengers annually.
Future projects such as the expansion and improvement of check-in and pre departure area, the provision of a control tower, and the improvement of vehicular parking area are also slated for the airport.
A P25-million feasibility study on the development of the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and jet aircraft operations has also been proposed for next year.