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DOTr, CAAP inaugurate upgraded Calbayog Airport

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) formally inaugurated the modernized, upgraded Calbayog Airport in Samar on Wednesday morning.

Department of Transportation (DOTr), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and local officials led the inauguration ceremony of the Calbayog Airport on Wednesday. Photo from CAAP Area VIII, Facebook.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration of the highly improved airport, which is part of the Build, Build, Build (BBB) infrastructure program of the Duterte administration.

The development of the Calbayog airport is divided into two phases. Phase 1 includes the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), new apron, new taxiway, drainage system, and site development; phase 2 includes the widening of the runway, apron expansion, strip grade correction, slope correction, runway safety end area (RESA), VPA and security fence.

According to CAAP Area VIII, Calbayog airport, with its increased passenger capacity, will be able to handle 450 passengers a day from only 76 passengers prior to the modernization. 

The airport will also serve as a complimentary airport of Tacloban Airport. The new developments allowed Calbayog Airport to now handle jet aircraft operations.

On May 5, national flag carrier Philippine Airlines is set to launch flights between Manila and Calbayog. The weekly flights tp Calbayog will be on-board the flag carrier's 86-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft, as confirmed by a representative from PAL Corporate Communications.

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