After years of work, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) will officially open its doors this week.
According to Albay Representative Joey Salceda, the airport will have its first domestic flight on Wednesday (October 6).
“The first domestic day flight is on October 6 but there will be (no ceremonies) and the first domestic night flight will be on November,” Salceda told Inquirer on Sunday. He adds that the project is already 99% complete.
In a Facebook post, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) mentioned that the project, which took more than a decade to accomplish, is “on track for its target completion this year.”
“Despite the 11 years delay, three (3) groundbreaking ceremonies prior to the Duterte administration, and setbacks faced, the construction of the BIA is now almost complete!” The department assured.
Once fully operational, BIA will be able to accommodate 2 million passengers annually. It’s also expected to boost job opportunities in the region—1, 100 new indirect positions to be created once commercial operations commence.
Take a look at the airport below!
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Image credit: DOTr