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P953M Busuanga Airport development breaks ground

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THE DEVELOPMENT of the Busuanga Airport in Palawan, with a P953.5-million allocation, broke ground on Tuesday. The ceremony was led by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim C. Sydiongco with local government officials. CAAP said the development project involves the construction of runway embankment and re-orientation of the airport’s runway to accommodate bigger types of aircraft. In 2017, Busuanga Airport catered to 525,044 passengers, a 63.26% increase from 321,595 passengers in 2016. CAAP also said the development project is intended to “establish a transportation framework for an economically feasible and sustainable tourism development in the region,” with Busuanga Airport serving as the main gateway to the Calamian Group of Islands Tourism Cluster, covering Calauit, Busuanga, Coron, and Culion. Busuanga Airport, also known as Francisco B. Reyes Airport, is currently a principal class 2 airport located in Coron town. It handles at least 16 domestic flights daily from carriers, Cebgo, PAL Express, Skyjet, and Air Juan.