Aquino inspects airports in Palawan, Cebu

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd attended the inauguration of the P3.45-billion international airport in Palawan, which is expected to attract up to two million local and foreign tourists each year and is set to open by 2017.

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The provincial government of Palawan targets a 66-percent increase in the number of tourist arrivals from about 900,000 in 2014 to 1.4 million this year.

Aquino was briefed by Transportation Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan on the Puerto Princesa Airport Development Project, which is being financed by the Export-Import Bank of Korea under the operation and management of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund of Korea.

“The project is designed to enhance the quality of airport services in Palawan to comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards; and expand the Puerto Princesa International Airport’s capacity to address the growing air traffic in Palawan,” Bucayan said.

He noted that the new airport is also expected to accommodate two million passengers a year, with a peak passenger flow of 690 passengers per hour and to generate about 52,000 jobs when it is completed.

President Aquino also led the groundbreaking rites at the Mactan Cebu Internal Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 on Monday afternoon.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and other local officials witnessed the event, which was also graced by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.

Aquino said the new terminal will have 20 aircraft parking stands with airbridges and another 13 aircraft parking stands served by bus transfers.

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