Puerto Princesa International Airport
|Puerto Princesa International Airport
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Puerto Princesa (Tagalog)
Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Puerto Princesa (Hiligaynon)
Façade of Puerto Princesa International Airport
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||Rizal Avenue Extension, Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa|
|Hub for||Philippines AirAsia|
|Elevation AMSL||22 m / 71 ft|
Puerto Princesa International Airport (Tagalog: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Puerto Princesa; Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Puerto Princesa) (IATA: PPS, ICAO: 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 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
USAAF units based here included:
- Headquarters, XIII Fighter Command (1 March 1945 – November 1945)
- 42d Bombardment Group (March 1945 – January 1946)
- 347th Fighter Group (6 March – December 1945)
- 419th Night Fighter Squadron (6 March 1945 – 10 January 1946)
- 550th Night Fighter Squadron (DET) (9–19 June 1945)
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Juan||Busuanga, Cuyo|
|Cebu Pacific||Cebu, Iloilo, Manila|
|Philippine Airlines||Clark, Manila, Taipei-Taoyuan|
operated by PAL Express
|Philippines AirAsia||Cebu (resumes April 22, 2017), Davao (begins April 23, 2017), Manila|
- "PIA | Tagalog news: Pagbubukas ng Puerto Princesa International Airport, kasado na". news.pia.gov.ph. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
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