Rehab of NVizcaya airport to be completed in January 2009
Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya (13 November) -- Bad weather conditions hampered the rehabilitation and development of the airport here which is supposed to be completed this month.
Leonardo Afan, officer-in-charge of the Aviation Authority of the Philippines(AAP) here said that construction works ceased from time to time since last month in the wake unfavorable weather during these rainy months.
"This is supposed to be completed this month but because of rains brought by typhoons, construction has been called off. This will also enable sufficient curing time for the applied cement," Afan explained.
The Bagabag airport here is one of the 2005 State of the Nation(SONA) commitments of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under her North Luzon Agri-Business Quadrangle(NLAQ) agenda designed to boost agriculture and tourism potentials of Cagayan Valley.
Once completed, the airport will have a fully developed 228 meters x 30 meters runway and 180 meters x 80 meters tarmac that would even accommodate C-130 Cargo plane.
Other components of the P73M airport development fund are the rehabilitation of the control tower, building and equipments; perimeter fencing; concreting of the taxiway, access road and parking area and lot acquisition.
"The control tower is already 90 to 95 percent completed since it was started in February this year," Afan added.
The airport here has been operational in 2000 with at least three flights in a week until it ceased in early 2001 due to insufficient flow of passengers.
"With the low number of passengers, flights were forced to stop because we can no longer support its maintenance and operational expenses," Afan said.
With President Arroyo's NLAQ in place, he expressed optimism that local and foreign tourists including businessmen from the agriculture sector will patronize the airport, thereby maximizing its government-owned facilities. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]