After breathing new life into Siquijor Airport, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) expects a major boost in the province’s tourism and economy. 

According to the department, the airport can now accommodate 60 passengers thanks to its expanded Passenger Terminal Building (PTB). 

Before, the airport was only able to take in 10 people at a time.

“Noon, dahil sa makitid at kinalawang na na mga pasilidad ng Siquijor Airport, sa Central Visayas, kalunos-lunos ang karanasan ng ating mga biyahero—umabot pa sa puntong nakaupo na lamang sila sa damuhan habang hinihintay ang kanilang flight,” DOTr wrote in a Facebook post. 

“Kaya lamang maka-accommodate ng airport noon ng sampung (10) pasahero,” the national agency added. 

Besides the new PTB, the airport also received significant upgrades on other aspects, which include the installation of a new powerhouse, a Vehicular Parking Area, and the construction of a new concrete path walk.

The airport’s perimeter fence, runway, taxiway, and apron markers also underwent renovations and repairs. 

With these changes now in place, flyers will now have a better experience traveling to the province, DOTr noted. 

“Tiyak na kumportable at kumbinyente na ang travel experience ng mga pasahero. Nasa 60 katao na rin ang kaya nitong ma-accommodate!”

“Inaasahan din natin na mas uusbong pa ang ekonomiya, turismo at komersyo sa lugar, na maghahatid ng napakaraming oportunidad sa ating mga kababayan.”

The upgraded airport was officially unveiled on August 26 this year and has since resumed its operations. 

The project was a collaboration between DOTr and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Here’s a before and after!

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Image credit: Department of Transportation