Showing posts with label Caticlan Airport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Caticlan Airport. Show all posts

Monday, July 4, 2016

Caticlan Airport Construction Continues, SMC Plans Bridge to Boracay

Although construction of the Caticlan Airport runway extension has been completed, the new gateway to Boracay Island remains far from completion. Work on the airport's new apron seems nearly complete, while construction of the brand new terminal building has yet to begin.

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According to Ramon Ang, President of San Miguel Corporation, which controls the Caticlan Airport through its affiliate TransAire Development Holdings, the upgrade of the existing airport has been completed, while the new terminal is all the remains to be constructed. 

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In an interview with the Philippine Inquirer, Ang stated that, "The Caticlan Airport could already accommodate big jets." He added that a temporary terminal is being set up that would be able to accommodate the increased volume of passengers travelling through Caticlan. The temporary terminal is expected to be completed within the next six months. 

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A number of local and foreign carriers are already lining up to shift their A320 and Boeing 737 flights to Caticlan Airport. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, this may lead to over capacity in the Manila-Caticlan market, while Kalibo Airport may suffer from under-capacity as airlines switch flights to Caticlan.

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In addition to the construction of a larger airport passenger terminal and the extension of the runway, San Miguel Corporation plans a complete rehabilitation that includes improvement of road networks, air traffic control aids, and an upgrade of the airport facilities. It is envisioned for Caticlan Airport to be on par with some of the best airports in the region. 

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However, San Miguel Corporation recently unveiled an even bigger plan for Caticlan as it proposed to construct a 1.9 kilometre toll bridge that would connect the tiny community with the world-famous Boracay Island, which is presently only accessible by boat. 

According to Ang, the project would cost an estimated $100 million at current exchange rates and it would be up to the local government unit to award the contract to a private sector firm. "We proposed the idea for them to bid out," said Ang. "For us, it's okay if there are other bidders."

Ang believes that the new project would enhance connectivity and convenience for tourists. "They can all live in Caticlan and enjoy the view in Boracay, which is now so congested and has a lot of sewage problems." Ang intends to develop Caticlan to help decongest Boracay Island, while also providing services such as a hospital, retail complex, convention centre, hotels, and restaurants. "It would be possible for tourists to find cheaper accommodations in Caticlan," added Ang. "We think what's best is if everybody will stay and eat in Caticlan, and then go to Boracay to enjoy the beach."

The Caticlan Airport upgrade is expected to transform Boracay into a more affordable holiday destination as the increase in regional and domestic flights drives down airfare costs. But not everyone is convinced that this expansion is good for the community or the environment. 

Caticlan residents have asked the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and San Miguel Corporation to provide a clearer picture on how they intend to expand the airport and surrounding area. In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, an official from Barangay Caticlan revealed that the Department of Transportation and TransAire Development Holdings have yet to present an actual master development plan for expansion of the airport. 


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Although the last round of inter-agency dialogue took place in March of this year, no concrete answers have been provided to the estimated 8,000 local residents that will be heavily affected by the airport's expansion. 

A protest was held last year over the low amount that was offered by TransAire for residential lands that will be impacted by expansion of the airport. According to a barangay official, low-income families were left with no choice but to accept the low payment of P1,000 per square metre when market values ranged from P5,000 to P10,000 per square meter. 

Barangay Caticlan residents have expressed frustration with the "unjust" manner in which the Caticlan Airport expansion has been implemented. Residents claim that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines fast-tracked the process to allow TransAire to begin the initial phase of expansion. 

According to residents, no public hearing ever took place on what seems to be a non-inclusive development project that is likely to leave poor families behind. "Families have already been evicted and have become squatters to give way to the airport expansion project," said Barangay Caticlan Secretary Hazel De Los Reyes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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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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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Construction of Boracay-Caticlan Airport Expansion to Begin Soon

San Miguel Corporation has announced that it will begin construction on the expansion of Boracay-Caticlan Airport by the end of June this year to allow the airport to begin accommodating larger aircraft and direct flights from cities throughout Asia.
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Caticlan Airport is currently the seventh busiest airport in the Philippines catering to a growing number of tourists that are flying in to holiday at one of Asia's top beach destinations, Boracay Island.

In a statement released at the Philippine Stock Exchange, San Miguel Corporation revealed that the extension of the runway at Boracay Airport is on schedule as preparatory work continues.It is believed that construction will begin within the first half of this year and that preparatory work for a new terminal building will commence sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

"Once the project is complete by 2016, the Boracay airport will be able to accommodate larger aircraft, boosting tourism not just to the country's top tourist destination, but also to the rest of the Visayas region," San Miguel Corporation said in the statement. Tourist arrivals rose 13 percent last year on Boracay with 1.363 million tourists visiting the island.

San Miguel Corporation owns Trans Aire Development Holdings Corporation, which holds a 25-year agreement to operate the Boracay Airport. Under the agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation and Communications, the corporation holds the exclusive rights, obligations, and privileges to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain the airport as part of the build-operate-transfer concession scheme. 

The airport expansion project includes the rehabilitation of the existing terminal building, the construction of a new 9,180 square meter two-storey international passenger terminal building, extension of the runway up to 2,100 meters, improvements to road networks, and an upgrade of the airport's overall facilities including navigational and traffic control systems. A sixteen hectare commercial property will also be developed beside the airport. Land preparation continues at the development site for the expanded airport with more than 50 percent of the work complete including earthworks and clearing operations.

Meanwhile, expansion of Kalibo International Airport is slowly progressing with the acquisition of land beginning in order to make way for a new and expanded apron providing more parking spaces for aircraft. The enhancements also include a correction of the existing runway's width. Once the initial phase is complete, the concreting of the expansion area, apron, and taxiway will follow, along with a new asphalt overlay on the runway and construction of a new perimeter security fence.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Caticlan-Boracay Airport Runway Extension To Be Completed in 2014

The San Miguel Corporation has revealed that it intends to complete the runway extension at the Boracay-Caticlan Airport by the end of 2014 clearing the way for larger international flights to access the popular beach holiday resort destination via the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport.

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The current runway measures only 950 meters in length and is served commercially by turbo-prop aircraft arriving from domestic centres like Manila and Cebu. With the completion of the runway extension up to 2,100 metres, larger Boeing and Airbus jet aircraft will be able to land at the airport from popular Asian hubs in Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. There is also a strong possibility of charter flights arriving from places like Australia and Russia's Far East. 

The runway extension is a key component of the Boracay Airport upgrade that will see nearly $300 million in investments including a new terminal, equipment, and nearby commercial facilities. In a text message with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ramon Ang, President & CEO of San Miguel Corporation, confirmed that, "The runway will be done by the end of 2014."

The airport is currently managed and operated by TransAire Development Holdings Corporation, a division of the San Miguel Group. The development of airports is a key component of the conglomerate's strategy to increase its presence in the tourism industry. In the past, the conglomerate discussed constructing a replacement for the ageing Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex and recently submitted a bid for the expansion project at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Ang says that the San Miguel Group is also interested in pursuing other airport deals including the bundled operations and maintenance contracts at Davao, Bacolod, and Iloilo airports that combine to serve 5.5 million passengers each year based on 2011 government statistics.  

The Caticlan Airport is the seventh-busiest airport in the country and is the nearest of two airports that serve Boracay Island. Visitor arrivals to Boracay exceeded one million tourists last year while 2009 statistics indicate that the Caticlan Airport handled approximately 538,000 passengers. It is estimated that once the Caticlan-Boracay Airport expansion is completed, the airport could serve up to 3 million passengers annually.