Bicol International Airport
|Bicol International Airport
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bicol
Pankinàban na Palayogan kan Bicol
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Serves||Legazpi City, Bicol Region|
Bicol International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bicol, Bikol: Pankinàban na Palayogan kan Bicol) is an under-construction international airport that will serve Legazpi City, the capital of Albay and the regional center of Bicol Region, in the Philippines.
The airport is in the town of Daraga. The P3.5 billion project is on a 200-hectare plateau 15 kilometers from the Mayon Volcano. Some sources name the airport Southern Luzon International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Katimogang Luzon) . It will replace the old Legazpi Airport, which is only 2 to 3 kilometers from the new one.
Bicol International Airport was in planning since early 2006, when officials discussed the feasibility of an international airport in Legazpi. During March 4 and 5, 2006, officials in Daraga, where the airport would be constructed, discussed with the barangay captains of barangays Alobo, Inarado, Kinawitan, Burgos and Mabini over the conversion of agricultural lands into industrial lands for the airport. It is estimated to occupy at least 2 square kilometres of land, and many families could be displaced from the construction.
It will be the first international airport to be built in Bicolandia and, according to Daraga Mayor Gerry Rodrigueza Jaucian, would be a testament to economic growth in the region and of the dreams of Bicolanos, as shown in the following excerpt from the Manila Times:
- "We’re grateful to the President for fulfilling the Bicolanos’ dream to have an international airport. This is the realization of our quest to become one of the booming regions in the country."
On July 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications), to fast-track the paperwork on the planned new airport. President Macapagal-Arroyo released 85 million pesos for its advance engineering study. Tourism secretary Ace Durano has assured the allotment of P250 million for the purchase of land. As of November 2007, pre-construction activities such as the feasibility study and site development plan have been completed. The construction contract has been bid for.
The airport will be completed by 2014. In September 2012, the Budget Department released P4.6 billion to support the public-private partnership (PPP) projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). Of the total, the airport will receive P2 billion to develop and fund the engineering of runways and taxiways.
- Talks to construct airport under way, Manila Times, March 7, 2006
- PGMA orders DOTC to fast-track preparations for Legazpi City's new airport 'on the plateau', Information Agency, July 3, 2007
- PGMA's Speech during the Infra Conference for Central Philippines Super Region, Office of the President, July 13, 2007
- Daraga international airport’s construction in full steam, Manila Standard Today, November 14, 2007
- "Roxas approves P2b for new Bicol airport". Manila Standard. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Budget for DoTC’s PPP projects released, BW Online, September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012