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PGMA to launch Caticlan airport upgrade

Kalibo, Aklan (15 January) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza will lower the time capsule today to signal the start of work for the Caticlan Airport Development Program (CADP) in Aklan.

Caticlan Airport is the gateway to Boracay Island, famous the world over for its white, powdery sand beach.

The two airline operators in Caticlan, PAL Express (of Air Philippines) and SEAIR, brought in 761,961 passengers and 6.28 million kilos of cargo in 2008.

One firm, the Caticlan International Airport Development Corp., will undertake the modernization program on a BOT (build operate transfer) scheme at a cost of P2.507 billion.

The modernization programs will be done in phases.

The initial phase will involve the improvement of the existing terminal building, extension and widening of the runway, construction of a new passenger terminal building, vehicular parking area, and other ancillary facilities.

After the first phase, projected to be completed in one year, the contractor will add another floor to the one-storey terminal building. It will also flatten out the adjacent hill, a project that will involve movement of 350,000 cubic meters of soil.

It will fence in the airport, upgrade the fire station, and fit the facility with new navigational aids.

With a timeline of two to four years, the next Phase will involve more earthmoving, undertaken to further extend and widen the runway. A new two storey terminal building will also be constructed.

The final phase, set for completion in one to two years, includes further extension and widening of the runway.

Once CADP is completed, Aklan will serve as a revitalized gateway not only to Boracay Island but also to the rest of the country. (PIA) [top]

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