The newly opened Puerto Princesa International Airport is expected to be a huge boost for the tourism industry on the island of Palawan.
The new terminal — which cost 4.5 billion pesos to complete — has a floor area of 13,000 square metres and its extended 2,600-metre runway can now take much larger aircraft. It has a capacity of 1.9 million passengers per year.
About 20 flights are now operating daily, serving the following destinations:
Philippine Airlines – Manila, Clark, Taipei-Taoyuan
PAL Express – Manila, Cebu
Cebu Pacific – Manila, Cebu, Iloilo
AirAsia – Manila, Cebu, Davao
Air Juan – Busuanga, Cuyo
Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs J R Mantaring said: “We share the joy of the Palaweños in the opening of the newest world-class airport in Puerto Princesa, as this is expected to boost trade and tourism even more in Palawan.
“We are positive that with this expansion, we will be able to help achieve the government’s goal of increasing tourist arrivals to Palawan.
“With the new airport able to handle international flights, it now makes Puerto Princesa attractive for direct connections to and from key foreign tourist markets.”
The original airport in Puerto Princesa, which opened in 1978, had a floor area of 3,000 square metres.