Bohol–Panglao International Airport
Bohol–Panglao International Airport
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Bohol–Panglao
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||Tawala, Panglao, Bohol|
|Opened||28 November 2018|
Bohol–Panglao International Airport (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Bohol–Panglao; Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao; IATA: TAG, ICAO: RPSP), also known as New Bohol International Airport, is an international airport on Panglao Island in the province of Bohol, Philippines. The airport opened on November 28, 2018 after decades of planning and three years of construction, replacing Tagbilaran Airport to support Bohol's increased passenger traffic due to tourism. The airport serves as the gateway to Tagbilaran 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 central Philippines for international tourists.
Dubbed as the first eco-airport in the Philippines and the country's green gateway, the airport is located at a 230-hectare (570-acre) site in Barangay Bolod in Panglao.
Planning and funding
The first feasibility study of the airport was conducted in 2000 during the Estrada administration. On September 4, 2012, President Benigno Aquino III, head of 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 program 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 March 27, 2013, 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. Despite the location of the airport, which is just outside of Tagbilaran, it adapted the IATA code: TAG from the old airport, which was located in the heart of Tagbilaran.
Initially, the airport's cost was pegged at ₱4.8 billion pesos to build but was later increased.
On June 9, 2014, 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 December 15, 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.
Construction of the airport started on June 22, 2015 following the selection of Japanese Airport Consultants (JAC) for the design and consultancy work on the project, and the consortium of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation as the prime contractor for the construction of the project.
In its initial plan, the project was expected to finish in 2016, but the opening was delayed. Prior to the 2018 opening, the airport was slated to be completed by 2021.
Philippines AirAsia became the first airline to land at the airport when it landed its Airbus A320 hours before the inauguration of the airport on November 27, 2018. The airport was then inaugurated by then President Rodrigo Duterte on the same day, with commercial operations beginning the following day at 6:00 a.m.
Structures and facilities
The airport has a 2,500-meter (8,200 ft) asphalt runway that runs in a 03°/21° direction. Taxiways E3 and E4 serve as access to the apron from the runway. During construction, the runway was planned to be 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) long, later extended to 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). The runway is planned to be extended to 2,800 meters (9,200 ft).
Terminal and apron
The airport has a two-level passenger terminal building with an area of 13,337 square meters (143,560 sq ft), designed to accommodate two million passengers annually. During construction, the original plan was to construct a single level for the terminal. In 2016, the Bohol provincial government pushed for a plan to install jet bridges to provide easier access to the airport, hence, a second level was constructed. There are three jet bridges installed at the airport. The terminal also sports a wave roof design inspired by the Chocolate Hills.
The concrete apron features a total of four parking bays for wide-body aircraft as large as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 or a maximum of seven parking bays for narrow-body aircraft like the Airbus A320 and A321.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Juan||Caticlan, Cebu, Maasin|
|Cebu Pacific||Davao, Manila|
|PAL Express||Davao, Manila|
|Royhle Air Way||Charter: Dumaguete|
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