| | Iloilo: Direct flights to Hong Kong and Korea
| Cebu-Pacific will soon launch its Iloilo-Hongkong flights, and the Korean Airlines will also mount its South Korea-Iloilo flights, Mendoza said during the ground-breaking ceremony of the P124-million secondary access road in Brgy. Tabucan, Cabatuan leading to the Iloilo Airport on Friday. |
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered to establish an international desk at the Iloilo Airport. It will be administered by the Customs Immigration and Quarantine.
“The Iloilo Airport is now complete,” declared Mendoza as he emphasized that the airport has already been declared an “international destination.”
He expressed confidence that with the international flights, investors will come in to spur economic development in Region 6.
This could be achieved because of the potential of the area near the airport to become an industrial zone, “eventually becoming an economic zone,” Mendoza explained.
It was the Regional Development Council (RDC), the highest policy-making body of Western Visayas, that lobbied to make the Iloilo Airport service international flights.
Though of international standards, the Iloilo Airport presently accommodates local flights.
Two Western Visayas airports already accommodate international flights – the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and the Kalibo International Airport in Kalibo, Aklan.
If the Iloilo Airport is made to service international flights, it could generate an average daily income of P280,000 from terminal fee collections, a study of RDC’s Regional Project Monitoring Committee showed.
The airport currently serves 16 outgoing flights daily, with an average volume of 90 passengers per flight.
Straddling Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan towns 19 kilometers northwest of Iloilo City, the Iloilo Airport opened its doors to commercial traffic on June 14, 2007 after a decade of planning and construction, replacing Mandurriao airport in the city which had been in service for over 70 years.
The airport is officially designated as a Class 1 principal (major domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the body responsible for the operations of all airports in the country.
The airport sits on a 188-hectare site. It consists of a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings, waste sorting and water treatment facilities, a power generating station, a cargo terminal and a main passenger terminal.
Unlike the runway in Mandurriao, the longer runway at the new Iloilo Airport can support aircraft as large as the Airbus A330. Runway lights and an Instrument Landing System were installed, making it capable of supporting low-visibility and night landings.
Its location on the Tomas Confesor Highway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessible from all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to the currently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport to the rest of Panay by rail.
Built in slightly over 30 months, Iloilo Airport is one of the largest airports to be constructed in the Philippines. At its inauguration, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remarked that the airport was the most beautiful and modern in the country and called it a symbol of both political will and economic maturity.
The airport has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal designed to accommodate around 1.2 million passengers annually. It is divided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor.
The pre-departure area has a capacity of 436 passengers.
Three jet bridges protrude from the terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport to handle up to six aircraft simultaneously.
The terminal is equipped with six X-ray machines, as well as escalators and staircases for departing and arriving passengers' use.
There are also two elevators, one for very important persons and one for disabled passengers.
Other amenities available to passengers include a special smoking room, a VIP lounge, a Mabuhay Lounge for Philippine Airlines business class passengers and counters for hotel and car rental bookings, as well as areas for airport stores and payphones.
Meanwhile, it has a 1,281-square-meter cargo terminal designed to handle up to 11,500 tons of cargo annually. The three-storey building has a covered platform, bathrooms, government offices and cargo handling areas, as well as its own parking lot.
The Iloilo airport has a modern 35-meter tall control tower equipped with air navigation equipment and radar systems. A briefing room for pilots is found inside the control tower.
Additionally, the airport complex has a fire station equipped with three fire trucks, a maintenance building, a mechanical building and an administrative building.
In front of the passenger terminal is a 415-slot parking lot for the use of passengers, employees and airport visitors.
The airport has a power back-up system and a power generating station that enables it to run in the event of a power outage, returning the supply of electric power to the facility within three seconds.
The airport also has water treatment facilities and a six-hectare man-made pond used for flood control and drainage purposes, as well as for the irrigation of nearby farmlands.
A waste treatment and sorting facility on the airport grounds converts solid waste into fertilizer for the use of surrounding farms.
Source: Panay News
I have a friend in Iloilo and he confirmed that the new Airport is really a modern, impressive Airport. Only disadvantage .. the area is 16 km outside of Iloilo and the old Airport was close to the center.
Land prices around the new Airport exploded ... Investors paid more than 20000 PHP per sqm ...