Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport
|Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport
Luparan Daniel Z. Romualdez (Waray)
Paliparang Daniel Z. Romualdez (Tagalog)
Exterior of Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (June 2007)
|IATA: TAC – ICAO: RPVA|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||DZR Airport Complex, San Jose, Tacloban|
|Elevation AMSL||3 m / 10 ft|
Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (Waray: Luparan Daniel Z. Romualdez, Tagalog: Paliparang Daniel Z. Romualdez) (IATA: TAC, ICAO: RPVA), also known as DZR Airport or Tacloban National Airport, is an airport serving the general area of Tacloban, a highly urbanized city on Leyte island in the Philippines. It is the main gateway from Manila and Cebu to the Eastern Visayas Region in central east Philippines. It is classified as a Class 1 principal (major domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the agency responsible for the operations of all the airports in the Philippines excluding the major international airports. As of 2013, Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is ranked as the 8th busiest airport by passenger volume out of the 45 commercial airports in the Philippines.
The airport is named after Daniel Z. Romualdez, a former speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives. It is one of two airports in the Philippines named after a member of the Romualdez family, the other being Imelda R. Marcos Airport in Mati after Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, the wife of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.
On January 17, 2015, the airport apron was the site of a large open air mass held by Pope Francis that attracted nearly half a million pilgrims coming from all over the country to remember the effects of Typhoon Haiyan.
During World War II
First known as San Jose Airstrip, named after the village it is located, it was constructed as an airstrip for the U.S. air forces during World War II. USAAF units based here included:
- 43d Bombardment Wing (15 November 1944 – 16 March 1945)
- 345th Bombardment Group (1 January – 13 February 1945)
- 417th Bombardment Group (6 December–22, 1944)
- 49th Fighter Group (24 October – 30 December 1944)
- 348th Fighter Group (16 November 1944 – 4 February 1945)
- 421st Night Fighter Squadron (25 October 1944 – 8 February 1945)
- 547th Night Fighter Squadron (9 November 1944 – 11 January 1945)
It became known popularly as Tacloban National Airport when commercial aviation began at the airport. The airport was given its current name in honor of Daniel Z. Romualdez, the representative from Leyte who became speaker of the House of Representatives. He was the uncle of Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the wife of president Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Devastation by Haiyan
On November 7–8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan roared through Tacloban and the Eastern Visayas Region. The Tacloban Airport was effectively destroyed by winds averaging to 195 mph (314 km/h) and a 13 ft (4 m) storm surge. The airport terminal and the control tower were utterly demolished, and the airport was rendered unusable.
Airlines and Destinations
|Cebu Pacific||Cebu, Manila|
operated by PAL Express
Operations of Cebu Pacific's Tacloban to Iloilo route has been ceased after Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport includes a single-story terminal building, a communications tower and an administrative building. In 2013, the proposed construction of new terminal created a buzz with the withdrawal of the budget and realigned into the Disbursement Acceleration Program of the government.
The single-story terminal building consists of the departure and arrival area. The departure area has one boarding gate, scanners, and a souvenir counter. The arrival area consists of a single baggage carousel, and a porters' assistance desk.
The communications tower is located on the east end of the terminal building. It serves as the main communications facility of the airport.
The administrative building houses the offices of airport staff and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the Philippines by passenger traffic with an annual average increase of 2.6 percent in the last 10 years. As of 2013, it holds the 8th spot among commercial airports in the country.
Access to the airport from central Tacloban is served by the jeepney services on the Downtown-San Jose-Airport route, from Marasbaras route, and the service from nearby Palo. In 2010, an airport taxi service was opened to shuttle passengers from the airport to the city's Central Bus Terminal, the city's commercial area and other destinations such as the San Juanico Bridge and the MacArthur Landing Memorial in Palo and to Tacloban's suburbs.
A new terminal building has been proposed by the city government of Tacloban, to replace the current building. The new terminal, which would cost 300 to 350 million pesos, will be built through a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. Around 500 million pesos was allocated for the terminal's construction, with the city government collecting a share of current terminal fees to shoulder its expenses in constructing the new terminal.
In Aug 2012, The Department of Transportation and Communications as part of the P319 million modernization of the Tacloban and Dipolog airports allocated P251.6 million for the Tacloban Airport to construct a new apron and taxiway. The allocation also involves the completion of the north-east shore protection with shoulder grade correction, the construction of a drainage system with box culverts, and the construction of temporary transition.
In September 13, 2012, the Budget department has released P4.6 billion to support the public-private partnership (PPP) projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). Of the total, the Tacloban City Airport will receive P800 million to help it accommodate the growing air traffic by developing the terminal building and other ancillary facilities.
- On 4 August 1984, a Philippine Airlines flight overshot runway 36 and landed in the sea. All 70 passengers and five crew survived.
- On February 15, 2007, a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila overshot the runway. There were no casualties among 133 passengers and six crew members. DZMM Correspondent Hector Go said the aircraft’s front wheel ended up in the past the airstrip after the plane attempted to touch down in the middle of the runway around 7 a.m.
- On February 13, 2009, a Cebu Pacific plane engine sucked a bird into its engine damaging the blades.
- On 7 May 2010, a Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500, while parked and finishing boarding procedures for its Tacloban-Cebu flight (5J-429), was hit at the wingtip by an incoming Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214 which was taxiing after arriving from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
- On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) destroyed the airport's terminal building. The airport has now since been reopened again to A320s regularly serving the airport.
- On 17 January 2015, a Bombardier twin-engine jet, carrying Cabinet members Ochoa and Coloma, overshot the runway after it failed to take-off shortly after the Pope's plane took off. There were no casualties.
- "Tacloban Airport reopens three days after being declared "ruined"". GMA Network. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Airbus A320 allowed to resume flights to Tacloban". Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com (Interaksyon). 14 November 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- , Leyte Samar Daily Express, October 2013
- Tacloban airport passenger volume up by 13%
- Roundup: Tacloban to build new airport, Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 16, 2007
- DOTC bids out P319-M modernization of Tacloban, Dipolog airports, TV5, August 31, 2012
- , BW Online, September 13, 2012
- ASN Aircraft accident BAC One-Eleven 527FK RP-C1182 Tacloban Airport (TAC),
- PAL plane hits wing tip of parked Cebu Pacific plane in Tacloban airport
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- Airport information for RPVA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.