San Vicente Airport

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San Vicente Airport
Paliparan ng San Vicente
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of the Philippines
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves San Vicente
Location San Vicente, Palawan
Coordinates 10°31′30″N 119°16′26″E / 10.52500°N 119.27389°E / 10.52500; 119.27389Coordinates: 10°31′30″N 119°16′26″E / 10.52500°N 119.27389°E / 10.52500; 119.27389
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,612 5,288 Concrete

San Vicente Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng San Vicente) (ICAO: RPSV) is an airport in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines. Located immediately west of the former Inandeng Airstrip, the airport serves the country's first "Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone," centered along the 14-kilometre Long Beach on the west coast of Palawan, facing Imuruan Bay of the South China Sea.[2] The airport was opened for general aviation flights on 22 June 2017, and is expected to be opened for commercial flights by the end of 2017.[2]

The opening of the airport makes possible direct air travel to the San Vicente Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone, where investors are being invited to develop beach and mountain resorts, an agri-tourism area, a cultural heritage tourism area, a retirement village, accommodation facilities and cruise tourism facilities.[3] Travel to this part of northwest Palawan usually takes three hours by land from the provincial capital, Puerto Princesa,[4] located 186 kilometers away.[2] With the airport in operation, travel between Puerto Princesa and San Vicente has been reduced to less than 30 minutes.[5]

History[edit]

Airport construction began in 2009.[2] A ₱ 62.7-million airport development project was initiated in 2012; this project was to include the construction of a passenger terminal, a fire station building and an elevated 2,500-gallon water tank; and runway extension with slope protection and hill obstruction removal.[6] and was supposed to be completed by March 2014 but delayed by an issue with a nearby private property owner.[3] The removal of a hill obstructing the west end of the runway was completed by March 2017 using funds from the Department of Tourism's Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority amounting to ₱ 236 million.[3]

The airport was officially opened for general aviation flights at 8:00 am PST on 22 June 2017.[2] On 1 August 2017, while the airport was still in its final stages of construction, Air Juan operated a charter flight carrying passengers from Puerto Princesa International Airport.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport features a passenger terminal, a fire station building and an elevated 2,500-US-gallon (9,500 L) water tank facility.[6] Its concrete runway measures 1,612 meters (5288 feet) long and 45 metres (148 feet) wide.[2]

Presently the airport can accommodate Category 2B aircraft, or those with wingspans between 15 meters and 24 meters.[3] A future runway extension of 300 meters (984 ft) will enable the airport to handle larger aircraft.[2]

Commercial operations are expected to commence in the last quarter of 2017 following the construction of the air control tower and the installation of other navigational facilities.[2] As of 1 August 2017 the completion of the airport's navigational facilities, parking area, runway expansion, drainage system and one underground power line is still pending.[5]

The Runway orientation is 04/22.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Juan Busuanga, Puerto Princesa
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
TBA (2018)
Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo
TBA (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aeronautical Information and Communications Division (December 2017). "Monthly NOTAM Summary, 12/17" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Fabro, Keith Anthony (24 June 2017). "New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry". Rappler. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Arnaldo, Ma. Stella F. (23 February 2017). "New Boracay starts attracting investors". Business Mirror. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Palatino, Chinee (23 June 2017). "LOOK: San Vicente Airport in Palawan opens". Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Tabuada, Joy (1 August 2017). "Air Juan launches maiden flight to San Vicente". Palawan News. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Bayos, Kris (15 June 2012). "Airports Rehab Up For Bidding". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2017.