Francisco Bangoy International Airport

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Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Francisco Bangoy
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Francisco Bangoy
Davao Air Traffic.jpg
The airport in January 2018 as viewed from across the runway
Airport typePublic
OwnerDepartment of Transportation
OperatorDavao International Airport Authority
ServesDavao City and Davao Region
LocationSasa, Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines
Hub for
Focus city 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 9,843 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2021)
Decrease 41.98%
Aircraft movements6,300
Decrease 62.27%
Cargo (in kg)30,559,453
Decrease 9.92%
Source: CAAP[1]

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Francisco Bangoy; Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Francisco Bangoy; IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD), also commonly known as Davao International Airport, is the main airport serving Davao City and the entire Davao Region in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and the third busiest in the Philippines after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila and Mactan–Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City.


Old airport terminal

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 then-current patriarch of an influential family that founded and settled Davao alongside Don Jose Uyanguren. At the time it began operation, the airport merely consisted of a 1,200-meter (3,900 ft) 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.[2]

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 were improved through further donation of land by Paciano Bangoy, Francisco's son, during the latter stages of Paciano's 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.[2]

Rapid growth at the airport precipitated the construction of a 15 million interim international terminal beside the airport's then-existing terminal,[2] 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.[2] The modernization and upgrading of the airport facilities aims to make 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.

On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced the airport as its third hub.[3] Likewise, Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, announced the airport as its third hub on March 26, 2018.[4]

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.

The Republic Act 11457, also known as the Davao International Airport Authority charter, was signed by then-President Rodrigo Duterte on August 30, 2019. This law creates and establishes the Davao International Airport Authority which will be handling all airports in Davao Region, including the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.[5]


A Philippine Tourism Development Plan was released by the Department of Tourism, which includes Davao International Airport:[6][better source needed] Bidding for the construction of a parallel taxiway has been completed and will start construction soon.[7]

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.


A night shot of the Davao airport ramp during rush hour


The 2.7 billion passenger terminal is a Malay architecture-inspired building which is four times larger than the old terminal. It is a two-level terminal building with an area of approximately 17,500 square meters (188,000 sq ft). It is fully computerized, more secure and has more commercial spaces for concessionaires at approximately 9,000 square meters (97,000 sq ft) of gross leasable area. It has four (4) jetbridges for passenger boarding. It has a Flight Information Display System and closed-circuit television system complementing the terminal's security system. It is designed to handle approximately 2 million passengers annually. The added capacity is complemented by the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipment.

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 has two arrival areas, for domestic and international flights, with two baggage conveyors each. The cargo terminal building covers almost 5,580 square meters (60,100 sq ft) and can handle up to 84,600 tonnes (186,500,000 lb) of cargo annually.



The airport has a single 3,000-meter (9,800 ft) long by 45-meter (148 ft) wide runway that can handle basically all passenger wide-bodied aircraft, including the Airbus A380. The runway was extended from its previous length of 2,500-meter (8,200 ft) to accommodate future international flights and was completed in 2001.[8] Complementing the runway are two (2) turning pads at each end of it, which help aircraft make a backtrack. 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 to 10 aircraft landings per hour, depending on size and has the equivalent 9 gate holding areas for those aircraft. The airport has two dual access taxiways. 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.[9]

The Antonov An-124 is, by far, the largest aircraft to land at the airport. It is the fourth largest aircraft 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 an 800-slot car parking area and four slots for shuttle buses. It has a 3-megawatt (4,000 hp) standby power generator.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


CebgoCagayan de Oro
Cebu PacificCebu, Iloilo, Manila, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
PAL ExpressCebu, Iloilo, Manila, Tagbilaran
Philippine AirlinesManila
Philippines AirAsiaManila
Singapore AirlinesSingapore[a]
  1. ^ Singapore Airlines flights make an intermediate stop in Cebu en route to Singapore; however, the airline has no cabotage rights to carry passengers solely between Davao and Cebu.


Cebu Pacific CargoManila


Data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).[10][11]

Annual passenger traffic at DVO airport. See source Wikidata query.

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

Access and transportation[edit]

The Davao River Bridge, part of the Carlos P. Garcia National Highway

The airport is connected to the city via the Carlos P. Garcia National Highway. The 4-laned La Verna-Mamay Bypass Road was constructed and finished in 2017 near the airport to decongest traffic going from Mamay road to the airport and beyond and vice versa, by avoiding the usually busy intersection of Mamay Road and the Carlos P. Garcia National Highway. To avoid widening a road, which would displace houses and creep onto the airport's site, the road splits into two for 600 meters then merges back. It has a length of 1.7 kilometers, and is able to accommodate 1,000 vehicles per day.[12]

The planned Davao City Expressway will further connect the airport to the city via a diamond interchange. If it goes according to plan, the entire project will be completed in 2026.[13]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[14][15]
  • 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.[16]
  • On the night of August 25, 2008, a Philippine Air Force Lockheed L-100 Hercules bound for Iloilo City crashed into Davao Gulf shortly after takeoff. The aircraft sank 800 feet into the gulf. The incident killed nine crew members plus two Philippine Army soldiers.[17][18] 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.[19]
  • On June 2, 2013, Cebu Pacific Flight 971, an Airbus A320 carrying 165 passengers inbound from Manila, overshot the runway during a heavy rain. There were no fatalities, but the plane was heavily damaged.[20] The damaged aircraft was moved to the old airport terminal for investigation and parting.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aircraft, Passenger, and Cargo Movements" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Ajero, Antonio M. (December 1, 2003). "Nonoy Garcia, Elias Lopez and other airport tales". SunStar. Sun.Star Davao. Archived from the original on December 21, 2003. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  3. ^ "Cebu Pacific to make Davao its 3rd hub" (Press release). Cebu Pacific. November 12, 2007. Archived from the original on November 17, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
  4. ^ Cayon, Manuel (March 26, 2018). "Hong Kong, Bangkok eyed for next foreign route of PAL's Davao hub - Manuel Cayon". BusinessMirror.
  5. ^ "Duterte approves creation of Davao International Airport Authority". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 10, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Formulation of the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan 2011–2016" (PDF). Department of Tourism – Philippines. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Signed Contract- Davao IADP.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Upgraded Davao City International Airport Is Ready for More Passengers and Bigger Aircraft". Archived from the original on July 5, 2009.
  9. ^ "Airports – Davao Int'l Airport". CAAP. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (July 23, 2018). "Yearly Passenger, Cargo and Aircraft Movements of all airports in the Philippines 1997-2017". Republic of the Philippines - Freedom of Information Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Statistics | Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines". Archived from the original on May 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Alama, Rudolph Ian (June 29, 2018). "New bypass road opens in Davao City". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Project description" (PDF). 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Air disaster timeline". BBC. November 30, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2012. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. May 19, 2000. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "Philippines airport bomb kills 18 – March 4, 2013".
  17. ^ "Hercules goes down in Davao Gulf; 9 missing". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 27, 2008. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  18. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 4593 Barangay Bukana, San Pedro Extension, Davao City". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "US Navy ship to help locate crashed C-130". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Cebu Daily News. August 30, 2008. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  20. ^ Manlupig, Karlos (June 2, 2013). "Cebu Pacific plane overshoots Davao airport runway". Rappler. Retrieved June 3, 2013.

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