Francisco Bangoy International Airport
|Francisco Bangoy International Airport
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy
|Interior of Davao International Airport terminal|
|IATA: DVO – ICAO: RPMD|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||Catitipan, Brgy. Buhangin Davao City|
|Hub for||Airphil Express
|Elevation AMSL||18 m / 59 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||39,769|
|2012 Philippine Statistical Yearbook|
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Francisco Bangoy, Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy), also called Davao International Airport (IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD), is the main airport serving Davao City in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport in the island of Mindanao. The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway.
A new terminal replaces the previous airport terminals, which lie just across it, in handling both domestic and international flights operating to and from Davao. The modern facility is designed to handle approximately 2 million passengers annually and 84,600 metric tons of cargo annually. The added capacity is also complemented by the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipment.
The modernization and upgrading of the airport facilities aims to cement Davao as a hub for tourism and foreign investment in the region. Development was funded by a forty million-dollar loan from the Asian Development Bank, co-financed by the European Investment Bank for twenty-five million ECUs, and through budgetary allocations from the government. The total cost of the project amounted to $128 million.
After almost a decade, the new terminal was finally inaugurated on December 2, 2003. Initial construction began in 2000 while plans for construction were announced in 1992.
Francisco Bangoy International Airport began operations in the 1940s with a donation of land in Barangay Sasa, located in the Buhangin district of Davao City, by Don Francisco Bangoy, the patriarch of an influential family residing in the city. At the time it began operation, the airport merely consisted of a 1,200-meter unpaved grass runway and quonset huts serving as terminal buildings. At the time, and throughout much of the 1940s and 1950s, both Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Air Force provided air service to the city.
By 1959, the complex consisted of a small control tower and several low-rise buildings. A new terminal designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, with a capacity of one million passengers, was constructed in 1980 and the runway was progressively extended from its original length of 1,200 meters to its current 3,000 meters. Both projects were funded during the term of then-Congressman Manuel Garcia, whose congressional district covers the airport perimeter.
Rapid growth at the airport precipitated the construction of a P15 million interim international terminal beside the airport's then-existing terminal, and then eventually a new, larger terminal building which would consolidate the two existing terminals. In planning since 1992, construction began in 2000 and subsequently inaugurated on December 2, 2003, with a capacity double that of the old airport terminal. The construction of the new P2.7 billion building was funded by both the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.
A Philippine Tourism Development Plan was released by the Department of Tourism, which includes Davao International Airport:
Project 3: Upgrade 
This project comprises the following tasks:
- Improve city-side access road, parking and air operations and ground transportation support services by immediately reverting to the proper vehicle drop-off and pick up arrangements, and ensuring effective integration of the three security services (Airport, PNP, and Military)
- Immediately decongest passenger-handling capacity in the existing departure area by rationalizing office and commercial space to increase the number of check-in counters and queuing space. Implement master plan to expand the international terminal by 2 gates and dedicate 4 gates for domestic air operations with flexibility to use international gates as required.
- Expand CIQS facilities as required
- Expand parking aprons for terminal expansion and work on acquiring land to construct a 3,000 m x 50 parallel taxiway
- Conversion to Airport Authority that includes marketing of airport to carriers as part of its charter
The P2.7 billion passenger terminal is a Malay architecture-inspired building which is four times larger than the old terminal. It is highly computerized, more secure and has more commercial spaces for concessionaries at approximately 9,000 sq. meter. It has four units of jet bridges for passengers. It has also a Flight Information Display System and Closed-circuit television system complementing the terminal's security system.
The terminal has 14 domestic and 14 international check-in counters that can handle a steady flow of passenger traffic. The Check-in counters are equipped with electronic weighing scales and conveyors and its baggage handling system is also computerized. It also has 2 arrival areas, for domestic and international with 2 baggage conveyors each. The Cargo Terminal Building covers almost 5,580 sq. meters and can handle up to 84,600 metric tons of cargo a year.
The airport has a single 3,000-meter long runway that can handle wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A330, the Airbus A340, Boeing 747 and even Airbus A380. The installation of a new instrument landing system (ILS) for both Runways 05 and 23 upgraded its compliance to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating category-Precision Approach Category 1. It can accommodate 8-10 aircraft landings per hour, depending on size and has the equivalent 8 gate holding areas for those aircraft. The airport has also 2 dual access taxiway. Taxiways A3 and A4 are used to access the new ramp and terminal; taxiways B and C are used for access to the old airport ramp.
Other structures 
Besides the main terminal building, there are also new support facilities like the Administration Building, Airfield Maintenance Building, Central Plant Building, Hangar for Military and Training aircraft and Fire/Crash/Rescue Building. It has a 688-slot car parking area and 4 slots for shuttle buses. It has a 3-megawatt standby power generator. The Air Traffic Control tower is considered as the most advanced in the Philippines. There are also 2 Mabuhay lounges of Philippine Airlines inside the airport premises.
Airlines and Destinations 
|Cebu Pacific||Butuan (ends June 14, 2013), Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dipolog, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga||Domestic|
operated by PAL Express
|Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo (ends May 31, 2013), Zamboanga||Domestic|
|South East Asian Airlines||Manila (ends June 30, 2013)||Domestic|
- ^1 This flight may make a stop between Davao and the listed destination. However, the airline does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Davao and the intermediate stop.
Accidents and Incidents 
- On April 19, 2000, Air Philippines Flight 541, a Boeing 737-200 en route from Manila to Davao crashed near the airport killing 131 people.
- On March 4, 2003, a bomb exploded in the waiting shed outside the old terminal building, killing 21 people. At least 145 others were injured when the bomb went off.
- On the night of August 25, 2008, a Philippine Air Force, C-130 Hercules bound for Iloilo City crashed into Davao Gulf shortly after take off from Davao International Airport. The aircraft sank 800 feet into the gulf. The incident killed nine crew members plus two Philippine Army soldiers. After several days of a search-and-retrieval operation, the wreckage was found with the help of a US Navy ship, the USNS John McDonnell.
See also 
Durian monument inside the airport.
A Philippine Airlines' Airbus A330-300, taxiing at the tarmac.
Silk Air Airbus A320 on Davao International Airport
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- - AECOM
- World Aero Data - Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) Details
- What's On & Expat Magazine, June 18, 2006 - Upgraded Davao City International Airport Is Ready for More Passengers and Bigger Aircraft
- Current weather for RPMD at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for RPMD at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for DVO / RPMD at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Accident history for DVO / RPMD at Aviation Safety Network