Zamboanga to have a new airport

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Zamboanga, in a report from the Philippine News Agency, emphasized the need for Zamboangueños to have a more suitable international airport to meet its growing local economy.
NEW AIRPORT. Zamboanga's new airport will greatly improve the local economy in the Southern Philippine city. Photo by Vernon Stamm - Wikimedia.
Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco said that the Php 300 million budget from the national government to secure land rights for the construction of a brand-new airport from ground up is now ready to be released. 

“The new airport is gaining ground, the city is awaiting downloading of P300 million first tranche for acquisition of lot,” the city mayor said during her State of the City Address (SOCA), per BusinessWorld's report.

The general manager of CAAP-Zamboanga, Antonio Alfonso, expressed that the current terminal's design and capacity are not optimized to receive international flights. The increasing passenger volume year-on-year also made it harder for the airport to cope with it.

To resolve these predicaments, the government is planning to transfer the airport to areas in barangays Talabaan and Mercedes—about 17 kilometers from the city proper. It is strategically planned to be placed at those areas to alleviate building height restrictions downtown.

The new Zamboanga airport is estimated to cost up to Php 9.9 billion.

Two weeks ago, the airport was closed due to nonoperational runway lights which prompted the cancellation and rescheduling of several flights to and from Zamboanga. CAAP-Zamboanga restricted night operations from January 8 to January 10 to allow the swift repair of its electrical connections.

With reports from BusinessWorld and Philippine News Agency