Antique airport fit for use of flying schools, says CAAP chief

June 26, 2012 10:14 pm 

ILOILO CITY, June 26 – The Antique airport is very conducive for use by flying schools for their training of student pilots, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Manager Efren Nagrama said.

Nagrama said that the airport named after Antique’s local hero Evelio B. Javier as of the moment has no commercial flights accommodated, but that it is equipped by the necessary facilities such as the 1.2-kilometer runway, service station and stores.

The CAAP official further said that the terrain of the airport being near the sea is also very much favorable.

He said that with the many applicants for flying schools it would be nice if they take a look at the Antique airport considering that the Kalibo International Airport and the Bacolod-Silay Airport are already busy with the air traffic.

He said that the only drawback of the airport is that there is no presence of gas station selling aviation gas to assure fuel availability.

But just like the Caticlan airport in Aklan province it could buy its aviation gas in Iloilo City, which is not too far anyway being Antique just almost two hours travel by land.

The long abandoned Antique airport during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was opened to air traffic but Asian Spirit, the lone commercial plane that took flight, did not persist because of the problem on financial viability with only a few passengers going to Manila.

Nagrama said that there is a recent proposal for Sea Air but because it is off-season, he doubts the operation would resume soon. (PNA) LAP/AJPetinglay/vlo


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