Francisco Bangoy International Airport

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Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy
Francisco Bangoy International Airport Logo.jpg
Francisco Bangoy International Airport Control Tower.jpg
Airport traffic control tower of Francisco Bangoy International Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines[1]
ServesDavao City
LocationCatitipan, Barangay Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines
Hub for
Elevation AMSL29 m / 96 ft
Coordinates07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583Coordinates: 07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583
DVO/RPMD is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 9,842 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2017)
Increase 19.18%
Aircraft movements38,493
Increase 14.03%
Cargo (in kg)57,753,999
Increase 7.63%
Source: eFOI[2]

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy), also known and still commonly referred to as Davao International Airport (IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD), is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and the third busiest in the Philippines. 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.

On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced this airport as its third hub.[3]

Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, announced this airport as its third hub on March 26, 2018.[4]


The Leandro Locsin-designed old terminal buildings, which were in use until 2003. The building still stands today

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 who later served as the city's congressman. 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.[5]

The Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City is the main air gateway in the island of Mindanao; thus, it has the most number of flights and passengers in Mindanao.

By 1959, the complex consisted of a small control tower and several low-rise buildings. Right of way and access to the terminal buildings and the airport was improved through further donation of land by Paciano Bangoy during the latter stages of his gubernatorial term. 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.[5]

Rapid growth at the airport precipitated the construction of a 15 million interim international terminal beside the airport's then-existing terminal,[5] 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.[5] The biggest aircraft to land in Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (registration number UR-82027). It delivered parts of the damaged Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 that overshot the runway during a heavy rain since June 2, 2013.[6]

In June 2015, the Mindanao Development Authority plans to turn the 1980–2003 airport terminal into a trade and cultural museum. The plans are still being studied.


Data from Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).[2]

Passenger movements[edit]

Year Domestic International Total Change
2003 742,436 13,185 755,621 Steady
2004 1,128,653 22,573 1,151,226 Increase 52.35%
2005 1,322,064 24,971 1,347,035 Increase 17.01%
2006 1,307,635 34,179 1,341,814 Decrease 0.39%
2007 1,502,600 52,622 1,555,222 Increase 15.90%
2008 1,646,347 46,530 1,692,877 Increase 8.85%
2009 1,935,454 32,496 1,967,950 Increase 16.25%
2010 2,207,684 21,493 2,229,177 Increase 13.27%
2011 2,364,972 25,167 2,390,139 Increase 7.22%
2012 2,923,327 39,916 2,963,243 Increase 23.98%
2013 2,773,691 33,538 2,807,229 Decrease 5.26%
2014 3,408,487 43,992 3,452,479 Increase 22.99%
2015 4,099,131 50,974 4,150,105 Increase 20.21%
2016 3,462,119 91,082 3,553,201 Decrease 14.38%
2017 4,140,757 93,910 4,234,667 Increase 19.18%

Aircraft movements[edit]

Year Domestic International Total Change
2003 8,968 480 9,448 Steady
2004 11,366 634 12,000 Increase 27.01%
2005 11,968 718 12,686 Increase 5.72%
2006 12,920 1,034 13,954 Increase 10.00%
2007 13,778 1,126 14,904 Increase 6.81%
2008 15,414 780 16,194 Increase 8.66%
2009 9,316 283 9,599 Decrease 40.72%
2010 9,692 219 9,911 Increase 3.25%
2011 10,238 239 10,477 Increase 5.71%
2012 25,460 634 26,094 Increase 149.06%
2013 29,104 536 29,640 Increase 13.59%
2014 22,822 694 23,516 Decrease 20.66%
2015 26,058 758 26,816 Increase 14.03%
2016 32,571 1,186 33,757 Increase 25.88%
2017 36,094 2,399 38,493 Increase 14.03%

Cargo movements[edit]

An em dash (—) is used when data from CAAP is not available.

Year Domestic (in kg) International (in kg) Total (in kg) Change
2003 30,779,223 1,654 30,780,877 Steady
2004 41,972,437 41,972,437 Increase 36.36%
2005 70,372,167 70,372,167 Increase 67.66%
2006 40,753,487 40,753,487 Decrease 42.09%
2007 45,516,843 15,455 45,532,298 Increase 11.73%
2008 53,287,642 14,931 53,302,573 Increase 17.07%
2009 34,172,210 84,429 34,256,639 Decrease 35.73%
2010 40,568,631 63,195 40,631,826 Increase 18.61%
2011 34,772,206 51,771 34,823,977 Decrease 14.29%
2012 42,118,391 67,392 42,185,783 Increase 21.14%
2013 44,455,899 44,455,899 Increase 5.38%
2014 53,714,155 76,347 53,790,502 Increase 21.00%
2015 59,737,244 77,062 59,814,306 Increase 11.20%
2016 53,590,101 68,400 53,658,501 Decrease 10.29%
2017 57,594,657 159,342 57,753,999 Increase 7.63%



Airport interior

The P2.7 billion passenger terminal is a Malay architecture-inspired building which is four times larger than the old terminal. It is fully computerized, more secure and has more commercial spaces for concessionaires at approximately 9,000 sq. meters of gross leasable area. 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 by 45 m wide that can handle wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380, Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 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 9 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.[7]

The largest aircraft to land at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport is an Antonov An-124. The Antonov An-124 is the fourth largest plane in the world, next to the Boeing 747-8.

Other structures[edit]

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.

Future Development[edit]

A Philippine Tourism Development Plan was released by the Department of Tourism, which includes Davao International Airport:[8]

Project 4: Upgrade[edit]

This project comprises the following tasks:

  • In January 2017, the bidding started for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of Davao International Airport. It includes building a new passenger terminal and a second runway being considered. On May 22, 2017, Sec. Tugade decided that the funds will be from Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).
  • Rehabilitate existing terminal building and improvement of comfort rooms; expansion of existing terminal building, expansion of apron and vehicle parking area; consultancy services for the advance engineering, detailed engineering design and environmental impact assessment Study for Davao Airport Project; and construction of parallel taxiway and initial site acquisition for new airport site.
  • Improvements to enhance the safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Cathay DragonHong Kong
Cebu PacificBacolod, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Manila, Singapore, Zamboanga
Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo
Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Tacloban, Tagbilaran
Philippine AirlinesCebu, Clark, Manila
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Cebu, Manila, Siargao, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
Philippines AirAsiaCebu, Clark, Manila
SkyJet Charter: Catarman, Tuguegarao


  • 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.[9][10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12][13] 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.[14]
  • On June 2, 2013, a Cebu Pacific Flight 971 (registration number RP-C3266) carrying 165 passengers inbound from Manila, overshot the runway during a heavy rain. There were no fatalities, however the plane was heavily damaged.[15] The damaged aircraft was moved to the old airport terminal for the investigation and parting.
  • On October 30, 2015, an engineer traveling back to Manila after a week-long stay was discovered to have possession of two 9mm bullets in his luggage. The engineer posted a bail of P120,000 and reclaimed the bail after charges against him were dismissed and he was allowed to continue to fly back to Manila. Davao officials including the Davao police reiterated that there are no bullet planting schemes in Davao while Rodrigo Duterte, then the city mayor and a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, theorized that the engineer was victimized by the scheme when the latter was still in Manila and that the bullets were planted by a rogue NAIA personnel at a restricted section of the airport.
  • On 28 August 2018, A Philippine Airlines flight 2814 bound for Manila was canceled when a bird was caught in one of its engines while it was about to take off.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Perez, Ace June Rell S. (2017-05-22). "Davao airport to expand in 2018". SunStar Philippines. SunStar Publishing Inc. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  2. ^ a b Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (23 July 2018). "Yearly Passenger, Cargo and Aircraft Movements of all airports in the Philippines 1997-2017". Republic of the Philippines - Freedom of Information Portal. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Cebu Pacific to make Davao its 3rd hub" (Press release). Cebu Pacific. 2007-11-12. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
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  5. ^ a b c d Ajero, Antonio M. (2003-12-01). "Nonoy Garcia, Elias Lopez and other airport tales". Sun.Star Davao. Archived from the original on 2003-12-21. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
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  7. ^ "Airports – Davao Int'l Airport". CAAP. Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  8. ^ "Formulation of the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan 2011–2016" (pdf). Department of Tourism – Philippines. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  9. ^ "Air disaster timeline". BBC. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 2000-05-19. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  11. ^ "Philippines airport bomb kills 18 – March 4, 2013".
  12. ^ "Hercules goes down in Davao Gulf; 9 missing". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2008-08-27. Archived from the original on 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 4593 Barangay Bukana, San Pedro Extension, Davao City". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "US Navy ship to help locate crashed C-130". Cebu Daily News. 2008-08-30. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  15. ^ Manlupig, Karlos (June 2, 2013). "Cebu Pacific plane overshoots Davao airport runway". Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "Birdstrike halts PAL aircraft at Davao airport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 13, 2018.

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