Puerto Princesa International Airport

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Puerto Princesa International Airport
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Puerto Princesa (Filipino)
Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Puerto Princesa (Hiligaynon)
Puerto Princesa International Airport.jpg
New Passenger Terminal Complex opened last May 2017
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves Puerto Princesa
Location Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 22 m / 71 ft
Coordinates 09°44′31″N 118°45′32″E / 9.74194°N 118.75889°E / 9.74194; 118.75889Coordinates: 09°44′31″N 118°45′32″E / 9.74194°N 118.75889°E / 9.74194; 118.75889
Website www.puertoprincesainternational.com
PPS/RPVP is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,600 8,530 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,644,003[3]
Aircraft movements (2014) 7,248
Metric tonnes of cargo (2014) 12,700

Puerto Princesa International Airport (Filipino: 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.


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:

New passenger terminal complex[edit]

To meet the growing air transportation demands of Puerto Princesa and the Province of Palawan, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) 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 new passenger terminal and cargo terminal building, a new apron with 6 aircraft bays (4 for narrow body and 2 for wide body aircraft), connecting taxiways, new state-of-the-art 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 was completed 30 months (approximately two years) from the groundbreaking rites. The new passenger terminal complex has an upgraded handling capacity of 2 million passengers annually, with an estimated peak passenger flow of 690 passengers per hour. It was officially inaugurated last 03 May 2017 and opened for commercial operations the following day (04 May 2017). [4]


Passenger traffic[edit]

Year Passenger


% Change from

Previous Year

2001 183,412
2002 147,996 Decrease 21.86%
2003 195,975 Increase 24.48%
2004 271,930 Increase 27.93%
2005 267,778 Decrease 1.53%
2006 284,10 Increase 5.75%
2007 392,039 Increase 27.53%
2008 481,756 Increase 18.62%
2009 587,753 Increase 18.03%
2010 822,536 Increase 28.54%
2011 986,775 Increase 16.64%
2012 1,318,766 Increase 25.17%
2013 1,335,825 Increase 1.28%
2014 1,378,580 Increase 3.10%
2015 1,591,718 Increase 13.39%
2016 1,644,003 Increase 3.18%

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, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Cebu, Davao, Manila

See also[edit]


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

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