Bicol airport hits 50% completion, remains on track for 2020 opening

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THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said construction of the Bicol International Airport is has hit the halfway point for percentage of completion.

In a statement on Tuesday, the department said the project is 50% complete with finished works including the runway, taxiway apron and perimeter fence.

It noted that for land-side facilities covering 17 buildings for cargo, air traffic control, material recovery facilities and water reservoir, progress is at 30.39%.

The passenger terminal building is 5.78% complete.

“After being put on hold for 11 years, the Bicol International Airport finally resumed construction this year…. Once completed by 2020, the Bicol International Airport is expected to accommodate 2 million passengers annually,” it said.

The DoTr noted that higher-capacity facilities and safety upgrades are being built at the airport in anticipation of increased passenger traffic. It said it is also improving the safety facilities of the airport.

“This will…boost tourism arrival in Bicol and help Albay become an economic powerhouse,” the statement added. — Denise A. Valdez