On Thursday (September 2), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially inaugurated the upgraded and transformed Catarman Airport. 

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade led the ceremony alongside Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco and several local government officials.

According to the department, the new Catarman Airport will now be able to accommodate 50,000 passengers annually, a feat that will be beneficial as demand for air transport in Northern Samar is increasing. 

The development project, which was undertaken with CAAP, provided the airport with much-needed improvements, specifically a new passenger terminal building, a fire station building, a powerhouse, and a flight service station.   

Apart from this, the airport also received the following upgrades: a new perimeter fence, a re-blocked apron pavement, a new taxiway, an asphalt overlay, and shoulder grade correction at the runway.   

The airport can now also support two turboprop Q-400 aircraft, which is expected to significantly improve its commercial flight capacity. 

Rehabilitation works on the Catarman Airport started back in 2015 after it was damaged by Typhoon Noona. 

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