Bohol–Panglao International Airport

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Bohol–Panglao International Airport

Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao
Tugpahanang Pangkalibotanon
sa Bohol–Panglao
Photo shows the exterior of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesBohol
LocationTawala, Panglao, Bohol
Coordinates9°34′N 123°46.5′E / 9.567°N 123.7750°E / 9.567; 123.7750Coordinates: 9°34′N 123°46.5′E / 9.567°N 123.7750°E / 9.567; 123.7750
Map
TAG/RPSP is located in Philippines
TAG/RPSP
TAG/RPSP
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,500 8,202 Asphalt

Bohol–Panglao International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao, Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibotanon sa Bohol–Panglao), also known as New Bohol International Airport (IATA: TAG, ICAO: RPSP), is a new airport on Panglao Island in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It replaced Tagbilaran Airport to support Bohol's increased passenger traffic due to tourism.

The airport serves as the gateway to Panglao Island and the rest of mainland Bohol for domestic air travellers. It also is less than an hour's flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is a gateway to the Central Philippines for international tourists.

The airport was inaugurated on November 27, 2018 and is officially open for commercial flights on November 28, 12 hours after the closure of Tagbilaran Airport.

History[edit]

On 4 September 2003,[2] the NEDA Board of the Philippines approved a resolution giving the green light for the construction of the airport. The proposed airport was to be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) instead of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), an infrastructure-building programme of the government of the Philippines wherein the private sector may participate in any of the schemes authorized by its build-operate-transfer law.

On 27 March 2013,[3] the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement with the Republic of the Philippines to build the Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 10.78 billion yen under the project name New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project. The signing signaled the roll out for the construction of a new airport in the province of Bohol at an island adjacent to Tagbilaran Airport.

In its initial plan, the project was expected to finish in 2016, but the opening has since been moved to November 2018.

Development and Construction Cost[edit]

Initially, the airport's cost was pegged at ₱4.8 billion pesos to build[4] but was later increased.

On 9 June 2014,[5] six Japanese firms submitted bids for construction of the proposed airport at a cost of ₱7.14 billion to be funded from official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. On 15 December 2014,[6] the Department of Transportation and Communications started its search for bidders to bid out for the operations and maintenance (and future extension) of the airport under a concession model.

The Department of Transport initially planned to award a concession for the operating and maintenance of the airport in combination with two other regional airports. However, in February 2017 the DOTr published an announcement that the project would be tendered as a stand-alone concession, targeting the selection of a contractor in early 2018. Following a change of policy, the concession model was eventually abandoned.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Juan Caticlan, Cebu, Maasin
AirSWIFTEl Nido (begins March 25, 2019)[7]
Cebu Pacific Clark (begins December 15, 2018),[8] Manila
Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo
Cagayan de Oro, Davao
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Clark, Davao, Manila, Seoul–Incheon (ends February 9, 2019)[9]
Philippines AirAsia Manila
Royhle Air Way Charter Charter: Dumaguete[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TAWS Airport Database comparison between Cycle 1808 and 1809" (PDF). Universal Avionics. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ News, by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN. "NEDA board approves LRT 2 extension, airport projects".
  3. ^ "Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Republic of the Philippines - News & Features - JICA". www.jica.go.jp.
  4. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/p4-8-b-new-panglao-airport-open-to-japanese-contractors/
  5. ^ Agcaoili, Lawrence. "DOTC rolls out P116.2-B bundled contract for 6 airports".
  6. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/6-japanese-groups-bid-for-bohol-airport-project/
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/1709252845783353/posts/2420336571341640/
  8. ^ https://www.cebupacificair.com/pages/seat-sale-promo
  9. ^ "Flight Timetable". www.philippineairlines.com.
  10. ^ http://royhleflight.com/charter/

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