TIEZA appropriates funds for expansion of Busuanga Airport in northern Palawan

January 31, 2014 11:22 am 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Jan. 31 (PNA) — The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is allocating P300 million for the expansion of the Busuanga Airport in the Calamianes Islands Group in northern Palawan.

In an interview, Coron Vice Mayor Jim Gerald Pe said the fund will also include providing the Busuanga Airport, now known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport, with lights to accommodate night flights in the future.

Pe said Lapid has confirmed to them that the fund has been allocated to develop the said airport, which is the gateway to the municipalities of Coron, Busuanga, Linapacan and Culion – all in the Calamianes.

“It’s been confirmed to us that there is already funding for the airport in Busuanga for expansion,” Pe said, adding it was Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez who sought TIEZA to provide the fund for the airport that suffered destruction in November from super typhoon Yolanda.

Although night flights are not still available, Pe is hoping that the eventual provision of electricity to the airport will soon open up possibilities.

The Busuanga Airport was named after Francisco A. Reyes, a mayor in the said town during the Commonwealth years reportedly because he donated the land where the airport complex now stands.

The airport is classified as a Class 2 principal airport by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It was expanded in 2007 through funds provided in cooperation between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The expansion involved the construction of a new terminal building and the completion of the airport’s then-incomplete runway. In November, super typhoon Yolanda damaged the airport, but the local government unit under Mayor Clara Reyes supported clean up and minor rehabilitation to welcome tourists who continued coming in. (PNA)

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