Puerto Princesa International Airport

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Puerto Princesa International Airport
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Puerto Princesa (Tagalog)
Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Puerto Princesa
(Hiligaynon)
PuertoPrincesa Airport.JPG
Façade of Puerto Princesa International Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves Puerto Princesa
Location Rizal Avenue Extension, Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa
Hub for Philippines AirAsia[1]
Elevation AMSL 22 m / 71 ft
Coordinates 09°44′32″N 118°45′31″E / 9.74222°N 118.75861°E / 9.74222; 118.75861Coordinates: 09°44′32″N 118°45′31″E / 9.74222°N 118.75861°E / 9.74222; 118.75861
Map
PPS/RPVP is located in Philippines
PPS/RPVP
PPS/RPVP
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,600 8,530 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,378,580
Aircraft movements 7,248
Metric tons of cargo 12,700

Puerto Princesa International Airport (Tagalog: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Puerto Princesa; Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Puerto Princesa) (IATA: PPSICAO: RPVP) is an airport serving the general area of Puerto Princesa, located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is classified as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The airport is the main gateway to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

History[edit]

The airport dates back during the World War II to accommodate large Japanese transport aircraft to compliment the grass airstrip south of the present-day location of NCCC Mall Palawan in Lacao Street. The airstrip was constructed by the Prisoners of War using crushed corals for illuminating night landings. During the Palawan liberation, several USAAF units were stationed here. It was rehabilitated and opened as a domestic airport around the late 1980s.

World War II[edit]

USAAF units based here included:

Expansion plan[edit]

To meet the growing air transportation demands of Puerto Princesa and the Province of Palawan, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded the $82.9-million (P2.616 billion) contract to the Kumho Industrial Co. Ltd.-GS Engineering & Construction Joint Venture (Kumho-GS), a South Korean company for the construction of a new passenger terminal building, cargo terminal building, apron, connecting taxiways, new air navigation system, and other support facilities in compliance with the international civil aviation standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The project is slated for 30 months or more than two years before completion. With an upgraded handling capacity of 2 million passengers annually, the new Puerto Princesa International Airport passenger terminal, along with its newly built facilities, is set to formally start commercial operations on 16 April 2017.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Juan Busuanga, Cuyo
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Iloilo, Manila
Philippine Airlines Clark, Manila, Taipei-Taoyuan
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Cebu,[3] Manila
Philippines AirAsia Cebu (resumes April 22, 2017), Davao (begins April 23, 2017), Manila

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.

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