Jolo Airport

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Jolo Airport
Paliparan ng Jolo
Jolo Airport.jpg
Entrance to the apron of Jolo Airport.
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves Jolo, Sulu
Location Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu
Elevation AMSL 36 m / 118 ft
Coordinates 06°03′13″N 121°00′40″E / 6.05361°N 121.01111°E / 6.05361; 121.01111Coordinates: 06°03′13″N 121°00′40″E / 6.05361°N 121.01111°E / 6.05361; 121.01111
JOL/RPMJ is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,845 6,053 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 18,749
Aircraft movements 862
Metric tonnes of cargo 13
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.[1]

Jolo Airport (IATA: JOLICAO: RPMJ) is the airport serving the general area of Jolo, located in the province of Sulu in the Philippines. It is the only airport in the province of Sulu. The airport is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.


Jolo Airport was constructed in the 1940s during World War II as a staging point for American fighter aircraft. At the time, it had a 1,000-meter runway.[2]

At the end of the war, the airport, then owned by the United States military, was turned over to the Sulu provincial government. The airport was expanded in 1965 by President Ferdinand Marcos, who expanded the runway to 1,200 meters.[2] Marcos would later expand the runway by some 500 meters,[2] though the runway would shrink again to its 1965 size.

A three million-dollar expansion project, financed by the United States, seeks to rehabilitate the old airport by expanding the current runway to over 2,000 meters, enabling aircraft as large as the Boeing 737 to land at the airport.[3] The rehabilitated airport should enable larger passenger planes to arrive at the new airport, facilitating trade and enabling flights not only to Manila but also to neighboring Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Currently, the largest plane landing in Jolo is the C-130 Hercules.[4]

In August 2008, a Manila-based construction company, CS Santiago Construction, won the bidding for the airport's expansion. Some P80 million has been allocated by the Philippine government for the construction of a terminal building, perimeter fencing and relocation of affected military camps and residents. The runway will be expanded to a length of 1,800 meters and a width of 60 meters, long and wide enough for larger planes to land. Construction is set to begin in October and should be completed by late 2009.[5]

On December 14, 2009, then former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ex-US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie A. Kenny cut the ceremonial ribbon signaling the inauguration of the newly rehabilitated airport, together with Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin[6][7]



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