Davao airport is PHL’s third aerodrome –CAAP

December 21, 2015 12:41 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Dec. 20 (PNA) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has declared the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (BIA) in Davao City as the first CAAP-managed airport to be certified as an aerodrome.

This was confirmed by CAAP Area 11 Manager Efren Nieves Nagrama during the launch of Cebu Pacific’s new direct flight between Davao and Singapore at the BIA on Dec. 17.

CAAP confirmed that (the BIA) will be the first airport under CAAP management to be certified as an aerodrome,” Nagrama said during the launch.

“We are the next airport after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport that is compliant in international standards when it comes to safety,” he added.

Nagrama pointed out that being certified as an aerodrome meant that the Davao airport has passed international standards as certified by the CAAP Aerodrome Development and Management Service (ADMS).

The ADMS identifies the current and future requirements of each airport in the National Airport System and prepares corresponding budgetary costing for airport maintenance and development.

It also recommends priority projects for airport maintenance and development and initiates the conduct of Master Planning Study in order to determine the medium and long term airport requirements including the identification of new airport development.

The airport official explained that the BIA received the certification after it got an over 80 percent grade of the required standards.

“We got a passing grade of more than 80 percent in compliance. It was committed to me this afternoon (Thursday, Dec. 17),” Nagaram told reporters, adding that BIA applied for the certification this month.

He said that the certification will be issued before the end of the year or early next year. (PNA)

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