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Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Coordinates: 07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583
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Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Francisco Bangoy
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Francisco Bangoy
The airport in January 2018 as viewed from across the runway.
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorDavao International Airport Authority
ServesMetro Davao
LocationSasa, Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines
OpenedAugust 25, 1958; 65 years ago (1958-08-25)
Hub for
Operating base forCebu Pacific
Time zonePHT (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL29 m / 96 ft
Coordinates07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583
DVO/RPMD is located in Mindanao
DVO/RPMD is located in Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 9,843 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2022)
Increase 382.58%
Aircraft movements19,181
Increase 204.46%
Cargo (in kg)36,100,892
Increase 18.13%
Source: CAAP[1]

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD), also commonly known as Davao International Airport, is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines. Serving as the main gateway to Mindanao, it is the busiest airport on the island and the third busiest in the Philippines in 2022.


Early history[edit]

The site of the airport began operations in the 1940s as Sasa Landing Field with a donation of land in barangay Sasa, located in Buhangin district of Davao City, by Don Francisco Bangoy, the then-current patriarch of an influential family that founded and settled in 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 the early 1950s, both Philippine Air Lines and the Philippine Air Force provided air service to the city.[2]

As a civil aviation airport[edit]

Old airport terminal

The Davao (Sasa) Airport was opened for civil aviation on August 25, 1958.[3] It initially consisted of a new 1,500-meter (4,900 ft) long by 30-meter (98 ft) wide concrete runway and a 200-meter (660 ft) long by 60-meter (200 ft) wide apron. The grass airstrip was later converted as a taxiway for general aviation.[4]

By 1959, the complex consisted of a small control tower and several low-rise buildings. On June 19, 1960, Republic Act No. 2762 was enacted which renamed the airport to Francisco Bangoy Airport in honor of the late Don Francisco Bangoy.[5] 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. In 1970, the runway was extended and widened to 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) and 36 meters (118 ft), respectively, while the apron was widened to 100 meters (330 ft). Five years later, the runway was further extended and widened to 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) and to the current 45 meters (148 ft), respectively.[4]

A new terminal designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, with a capacity of one million passengers, started construction in 1976 and was completed in 1980. The project, in addition to runway expansions, was funded during the term of then-Congressman Manuel Garcia, whose congressional district covers the airport perimeter.[2] Airbus A300 operations by Philippine Airlines started on September 1, 1989, marking the first widebody service to the city. The first scheduled international passenger service started on April 29, 1992, with the inauguration of Bouraq Airlines flights to Manado, Indonesia.[4] After the launch of scheduled international flights to Davao, regular flights to Malaysia and Singapore were also commenced by Malaysia Airlines in 1996 and SilkAir in 1997, respectively.[6][7]


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 that would consolidate the two existing terminals. In planning since 1992, construction began in 2000 and was subsequently inaugurated on December 2, 2003, with a capacity double that of the old airport terminal. The construction of the new ₱2.7 billion building was funded by both the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).[2] The modernization and upgrading of the airport facilities aim to make Davao as a hub for tourism and foreign investment in the region. Development was funded by a US$40 million loan from the ADB, co-financed by the EIB for twenty-five million ECUs, and through budgetary allocations from the government. The total cost of the project amounted to US$128 million.

As part of the modernization of the airport, the runway was once again extended to the current 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) in 2001 to accommodate future international flights.[8]

Contemporary history[edit]

On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced the airport as its third hub.[9] Likewise, Philippine Airlines announced the airport as its third hub on March 26, 2018.[10]

In June 2015, the Mindanao Development Authority announced its plans to turn the 1980–2003 airport terminal into a trade and cultural museum.[11]

Republic Act No. 11457, also known as the Charter of the Davao International Airport Authority, was approved on August 30, 2019, creating and establishing the Davao International Airport Authority, which will manage all airports in the Davao Region, including the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.[12]

Future development[edit]

The airport was slated for upgrading in 2016, but the project was shelved.[13] In 2017, an expansion project of the airport was announced.[14] Udenna Corporation submitted an unsolicited proposal in 2018 and received the original proponent status by the Department of Transportation in that year.[13]

The expansion and upgrading project would involve the expansion of the existing passenger terminal building, landside and airside developments, construction of a parallel taxiway, and the introduction of new technologies.[13]


A night shot of the Davao airport ramp during rush hour


Front side of the terminal building.

The current 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 65,000 square meters (700,000 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 4 million passengers annually. The added capacity is complemented by the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipment.[8]

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 (83,300 long tons; 93,300 short tons) of cargo annually.[8]



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. 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.[15]

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 an ARFF 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]


Cebgo Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Siargao, Zamboanga
Cebu Pacific Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
PAL Express Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Tagbilaran
Philippine Airlines Cebu, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Cebu, Manila
Qatar Airways Doha
Scoot Singapore
XiamenAir Quanzhou


JD Airlines Shenzhen


Data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).[16][17]

Annual passenger traffic at DVO airport. See Wikidata query.

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.[18]

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.[19]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ "Republic Act No. 2762". Senate Legislative Digital Resources. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
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  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Statistics | Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines". Archived from the original on May 11, 2020.
  18. ^ Alama, Rudolph Ian (June 29, 2018). "New bypass road opens in Davao City". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
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  22. ^ "Philippines airport bomb kills 18 – March 4, 2013".
  23. ^ "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.
  24. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 4593 Barangay Bukana, San Pedro Extension, Davao City". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  25. ^ "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.
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