DAVAO CITY — Expect a widening of the check-in area and other significant improvements at the Davao International Airport soon, even as the P700-million expansion project for the airport still requires a few more issues to be ironed out.

In a recent interview, Airport Manager Rex A. Obcena, who is also the acting area manager of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Davao (CAAP-Davao), said the central office is already ironing out some issues concerning procurements.

Once these are settled, Mr. Obcena said he is “very hopeful” that the P700-million expansion project, which entails the construction of a new terminal building beside the existing one, would begin and be completed in two years as targeted by the CAAP. 

For now, the structural improvements that have been underway since March 2022 at the existing terminal are already in their “finishing stages,” he added. These include transferring concessionaires from the second floor to the mezzanine for a wider check-in area; canopies on both ends of the airport to keep passengers dry from rain; and sidewalk improvements, among others. — Maya M. Padillo