Kalibo Airport new terminal building to be inaugurated
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (23 June) -- Aklan's brand new, P50,000,000.00 terminal building located at the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) in Pook, Kalibo, Aklan, will have its inauguration and blessing on June 23.
The inauguration, according to Aklan Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Governor Carlito S. Marquez is a major event not only in Aklan's tourism industry but in the totality of the province's economic development efforts.
The funding for the project was programmed yet in 2007 and completed 100% on March 31, 2010 and will cater to passengers of both international and domestic flights landing in and taking off from the airport.
Kalibo International Airport Terminal building worth 50M ready for inauguration. (PIA/JERRamos)
The event will be graced by high CAAP officials led by Director General Alfonso G. Cusi and Liberty D. Sucro, CAAP Budget Officer; DOTC Assistant Secretary for Air Transportation Hon. Doroteo A. Reyes; DOTC Area Manager for Reg. 6 and 8 Engr. Dante A. Lulu; and DOT 6 Regional Director Edwin G. Trompeta.
At the inaugural program, Dir. Trompeta, Cong. Miraflores, and Hon. Cusi will be giving messages while Gov. Marquez will give the welcome remarks. On the other hand, Vice Governor Gabrielle C. Quimpo and CAAP-Aklan Airport Manager Engr. Percy Malonesio will present plaques of appreciation to Dir. Cusi, Cong. Miraflores, Gov. Marquez, Dir. Trompeta and Hon. Reyes.
Dir. Cusi, Cong. Miraflores, Gov. Marquez, Hon. Reyes and Vice Gov. Calizo-Quimpo will cut the ribbon, while Rev. Fr. Ulysses I. Dalida will officiate in the blessing of the new terminal building.
KIA's new firetruck, which, according to Engr. Malonesio is of the latest model and of international standard worth P60 million, will be blessed too by Rev. Dalida.
Besides the new terminal building, other projects under the Kalibo airport Development Project include the expansion of the terminal building completed December 19, 2009 with a program amount of P30,000,000.00; Extension of Runway, Construction of Access Road, Improvement of New and Old Terminal Building, Construction of Elevated Roadway and Vehicular Parking Area, now on-going with a program amount of P287,570,000.00; Asphalt Overlay of Runway, Extension of Apron and Construction of Drainage Canal, 100% completed, with a project cost of P294,000,000.00 and Rahabilitation/Repair of Oil Passenger Terminal Builidng with a project cost of P4,000,000.00.
The development of the Kalibo International Airport is contained in the SONA promise of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a couple of years ago to further enhance Aklan's tourism industry and contribute to the economic progress of the country.
In her book BEAT THE ODDS The Super Regions, PGMA included a report from CAAP on Kalibo Airport, stating that it is being upgraded to international standards.
"However, it is already catering to charter flights from China, Taiwan, and Korea. Four airlines are flying international flights to and from Kalibo five times a week on average, namely China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, and Zest Air. By 2010, China Airlines will utilize an Airbus 320 for its charter flights to Kalibo to accommodate more Taiwanese tourists. In 2008 alone, the Kalibo Airport registered 400,042 passengers and 1.5 million kgs. of cargo, an increase from the 177,138 passengers and 942,459 kgs. of cargo in 2000", according to PGMA's book, quoting reports from CAAP and DOT.
Presently, KIA is already receiving direct flights from Incheon, South Korea. (PIA) [top]