New Boracay-Caticlan Airport to Be Completed in 2016

San Miguel Corporation has announced that the newer and larger Caticlan Boracay Airport is expected to be completed in 2016. The new airport has been designed to accommodate the rising number of tourists arriving to visit the resort island of Boracay.
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Image Source: AQUA Boracay / Kalibo International Airport Facebook
According to officials from the diversified conglomerate, the runway extension at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport will be completed in 2016. When finished, the runway will extend from the existing 950 meters to 1,800 meters, which is long enough to accommodate the Airbus A320 aircraft.

At present, the limited size of the runway restricts the size of aircraft that can land at the airport to primarily turbo-props. The largest turbo-prop that currently serves the airport is the 76-seat Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 operated by PAL Express. However, Caticlan Airport does presently have jet service operated by SkyJet, which flies the route using a British Aerospace BAE-146 aircraft, which specializes in short take-offs and landings. It is presently the fastest flight between Manila and Boracay.

Expanding the runway will not only improve access to Boracay by enabling larger aircraft such as the 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft to land, but it will also increase direct access as the A320 has the range to fly non-stop to countries such as Japan and Korea, which are important source markets for tourism. Currently, passengers travelling from foreign countries direct to Boracay must fly to Kalibo International Airport.

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Image Source: AQUA Boracay / Kalibo International Airport Facebook
According to officials from San Miguel Corporation, in addition to constructing a newer and larger passenger terminal, improvements would also be made to allow night landing at the airport. Caticlan Airport is presently the seventh busiest airport in the Philippines.

San Miguel Corporation is undertaking the airport expansion under its subsidiary, Trans Aire Development Holdings Corporation, which owns the rights to a 25 year build-rehabilitate-operate-transfer concession deal granted by the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The completion of the runway extension is expected to be the first phase of the airport development plan, followed by construction of the new terminal building, which could take as much as twenty months to complete. 

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Image Source: AQUA Boracay / Kalibo International Airport Facebook
The P5.3 billion Boracay Airport project will feature a new terminal building that can accommodate up to twelve aircraft with twelve jetways. The latest navigational equipment will be installed to enable the airport to operate in all forms of weather, which will help to reduce flight cancellations. Night landing ability will also prevent flights from being cancelled due to sunset limitations.

Completion of the new airport will be welcome news to the thousands of tourists that visit Boracay Island each year, particularly those travelling from foreign countries, who are presently forced to rely on the inadequate facilities at Kalibo International Airport. Kalibo only has four parking ramps for aircraft. In addition to being congested and an inconvenient two hour drive from Caticlan jetty port, Kalibo Airport lacks modern facilities, systems, and amenities. 

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Image Source: AQUA Boracay / Kalibo International Airport Facebook
Following the development of Caticlan Airport, San Miguel Corporation has expressed interest in developing the surrounding area in Caticlan for providing tourism services to relieve Boracay Island, which is already experiencing overcrowding.

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Image Source: Skyscraper City Forum / Caticlan Airport
It is rumoured that San Miguel Corporation will construct a new hotel, convention center, and medical facilities in Caticlan. San Miguel Corporation currently owns approximately 20 hectares of land adjacent to the airport. In addition, the corporation plans to construct a bridge to improve access to Boracay Island. This will enable tourists to stay overnight in Caticlan, while spending the day on the beach in Boracay.

19 comments:

  1. Great to see the airport progressing so quickly.

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  2. Yikes bad news for Boracay island itself unfortunately, can only see the crowds getting worse.

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  4. Great..I just hope they manage the boracay resort itself properly...

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  5. PLEASE DONT CONSTRUCT A BRIDGE TO BORACAY ISLAND. THAT WILL RUIN THE ENVIRONMENT AND CHARM OF THE ISLAND...

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    1. Yes, you are absolutely right, never build a bridge to Boracay, for environmental reasons and last not least for safety reasons

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  6. Bad news for the locals, with a bridge alot of jobs will be lost.

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  7. they shouldnt construct a bridge. 1) corals and marine life will be distrupted. 2) sunset will be blocked. 3) san miguel will take the local income for themselves. 4) i heard from the people of boracay htat san miguel forcibly bought the adjacent lands for php600 from the landowners -_- LAME

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    1. per square meter. 600 per square meter :<

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    2. We need a bridge.
      1. There's no corals on the area, I believe they want to construct the bridge..which is in Tabon connecting to Tambisaan (not confirmed, but its the closest part of Boracay to mainland).
      But, yah, I'm sure it has effect on Marine life but they're far away...and the area was already very busy with all the pumpboats crossing there everyday. I think the corals there are already gone a long time ago.
      2. The sunset will NOT BE BLOCKED. DUH?, they will construct it on the tip south end of Boracay, (NOT ON THE WHITE BEACH!!! which is West, where the sun sets). The sunset is safe lol.
      3. Maybe, possibly, but Boracay will be much more accessible and convenient for the tourists to visit. Imagine the 3-6hrs delayed flights + 1.5 hours bus ride from Kalibo to Caticlan, then if the weather is not good, there's no boats pa? = angry tourists tsk tsk.
      We have to give the tourists a nice, fun, comfortable vacation for them to give us good feedback and to come back, NOT TO STRESS THEM OUT ON THEIR VACAY.
      4. Idk
      Anyway, what am I saying is that, the boats are not comfortable, reliable and the weather unpredictable that a bridge will solve all these problems that we have (stranded ppl esp. during holidays. (Jan 1 nightmare ugh!).
      The new airport looks really classy and if San Mig really builds a hotel (more jobs), convention center and medical facilities..,eh di hurray!
      We will be proud that we will have a beautiful airport and will be more competitive to other popular tourist destination!

      P.S. E-trikes are going to be the public transportation on the Island, and not all are allowed to bring car's, its only allowed to hotels,certain businesses.

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  8. "The charm of the Island" is already lost many many years ago.
    The only one reason for me to visit Boracay are some good friends living there, for holidays... never
    With the new airport it will getting more worst...

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  9. A a bridge to Boracay only for electric cars and walking soundes perfect. God for the environment and health. Probably more employees with this then now. The owners and employees in the ferris have failed to give the tourists a good experience. Using every tricks that can to get tips for a loud and uncomfortable trip

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  10. Yehey! bigger airport! much closer for big planes to land.
    No more delayed flights na hanggang 6 hours!

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  11. Intended for the moneyed people. The poor will remain poor. Create jobs for poor people like waiters, cleaners, and other similar jobs. SMC intends to bring rich people but money is not intended for locals.

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  12. What is the status of this airport? Its now April 2016.

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  13. And for sure and again...
    NO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
    All of the Waste-water goes to the sea !
    Have a nice vacation :(

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  14. bad news kasi mawawalan ng lupa at bahay ang malapit sa airport walang malipatan

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  15. And as we try to relax in the beach, we'll get to hear the roaring jet engines as they approach Caticlan or take off. Boracay is going to feel like you're in Moonwalk or Merville in Paranaque.

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  16. it must go hand in hand, for environment see to it will not affect the marine system, for the tourism it must be convenient for the tourist not stressfull for their vacation. so the tourist will once again will be back their. and boost the boracay industry. lets weight all the pros and cons. for betterment and development and environmental benefits for all.

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