After significant upgrades were made and implemented at Kalibo International Airport (KIA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) foresees a boost in Aklan’s tourism and economy. 

According to the department, the KIA’s passenger capacity was very limited before improvements were applied to address the issue, which significantly stunted tourism and the transport of goods by air in the area. 

“Noon, maliit lamang ang espasyo ng tinaguriang “The Gateway to Boracay Island”, ang Kalibo International Airport (KIA) sa Aklan, kung kaya’t kakaunti lamang ang kayang i-accommodate nito na pasahero,” DOTr wrote on Facebook.

However, now, the airport’s accommodation volume has been increased thanks to the expansion of its passenger terminal from the previous 1,584 square meters to 2,633 square meters. This also means that KIA now has larger areas for pre-departure, customs, immigration, pre-screening, and check-in counters—qualities needed to improve the airport’s service and the comfort of its flyers. 

“Ngayon, dahil sa pagpapalawak ng paliparan at pagsasagawa ng rehabilitation works ay mas kaaya-aya na ito at mas madaming pasahero na ang makikinabang,” the department explained. 

Apart from the enlargement of its terminal, KIA also received other renovations, which includes the re-blocking of its apron pavement, which made the movement of aircraft smoother.

The project was a collaboration between DOTr and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). It was officially opened to the public on June 4 this year and has been operating since. 

Here’s the before and after:

Not that grand or massive expansion for Kalibo's KIA, to compare with other airport developments you've seen in the...

Posted by Kalibo International Airport on Monday, May 24, 2021

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