15 years in the making! P11-B new Bohol Airport opening on Nov. 27 - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, November 22, 2018

15 years in the making! P11-B new Bohol Airport opening on Nov. 27

Artist rendition of the Bohol Panglao International Airport / image from Manila Bulletin Business

Manila, Philippines – Since the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte took over in July 2016, the construction of New Bohol (Panglao) Airport was reportedly fast-tracked 24/7.

The airport was said to be at 6.48% completion from June 2015 to June 2016. It was accelerated and was 85.66% completed in the last two years.

First Eco-airport

And finally, after years, the country’s first eco-airport, the P11-billion Bohol Panglao International Airport (also known as New Bohol International Airport) will at last open this Monday, November 27, 2018.

The new airport will replace Tagbilaran Airport as the gateway to Bohol and flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will eventually move its Bohol operations to Panglao Airport.

It will be less than an hour flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the Bohol Panglao International Airport is the most convenient access to Panglao Island and the rest of mainland Bohol for domestic air travelers.

The new airport is designed to accommodate two million passengers which is more than twice the capacity of the Tagbilaran airport.

Across 13,337 square meters, the new airport will initially have a 2,500 meter runway which can facilitate seven aircraft at a time that includes long-range commercial planes for more international routes.

15 years in the making

The building of the said airport has been pinned in the drawing board for 15 years since the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) gave the green light for its construction in 2003.

It’s launched dates as also re-scheduled three times this year.

Originally, the airport’s target completion date was set in 2021.The construction started in June 2015, but accumulated up to 48% of slippage due to delays.*

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said that 2021 target was too long, so they need to speed it up.

“We needed a catch-up plan for the Panglao airport. The 2021 target was just too long. How can you explain to the people that it took you six years to build an airport? So, we speeded it up,” Tugade explained in August this year.

'Green Gateway'

Panglao airport is dubbed as “Green Gateway to the World,” as it will be the country’s first eco-airport, which was held to the highest standards of green and sustainable structure.

“This is the kind of airport we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations,” Tugade stressed.

The airport will use mostly natural ventilation, solar panels will also be installed on the Passenger Terminal Building roof, which can cover around one-third of the airport’s passenger terminal building energy requirement.

The passenger terminal building (PTB) has an area of 13,884sqm, equipped with 3 boarding bridges and a baggage handling system.

With this, it is expected that number of tourists will boost and also improve trade in the said area.

Panglao is one Bohol’s pride as it packs plenty of beauty.