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The New Iloilo Airport at Cabatuan, Iloilo

News Blog about the New Iloilo Airport

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Iloilo airports inauguration tentatively set on June 13

Sunstar Iloilo. 5/30/2007
By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan

IF THERE will be no more hitches, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will finally lead the blessing and inauguration of two international airports in Western Visayas - the Cabatuan Airport in Iloilo and Silay Airport in Negros, on June 13.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Drilon urges PGMA to open new Iloilo airport now

The News Today. 5/29/2007

Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to order the immediate opening of the new Iloilo Airport of international standards in Cabatuan-Sta.Barbara area that was originally scheduled for inauguration last April 16 but was postponed due to various reasons.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

What’s the official name of the new Iloilo airport?

Panay News. 5/28/07

ILOILO – The new Iloilo airport of international standards will be inaugurated on June 13. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the opening. Until now, however, nothing has been heard as to the official name of the facility.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

NHI endorses Lopez Jaena name for new Iloilo airport

Visayan Daily Star. May 24, 2007

The National Historical Institute has endorsed the resolution of the Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Foundation to rename the new Iloilo airport in Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara after Graciano Lopez Jaena, Antique Governor Sally Zaldivar-Perez of the Western Visayas Cultural and Historical Council told Rolly Espina.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Iloilo airport ready to serve anytime – ATO

PIA Press Release. 5/15/2007
by ES Subong

Iloilo City (15 May) -- Air Transportation Office (ATO) Area Manager Mr. Alan Java said the new Iloilo Airport is ready to serve the public anytime it is declared open by the government.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Iloilo airport opens in June

Manila Standard Today. May 14, 2007
By Roderick T. dela Cruz

The P8.759-billion Iloilo Airport Development Project, the first and largest of the 16 airports that are under development in the Central Philippines tourism super region, will officially open next month.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

1st international flight lands in Kalibo

Sunstar Iloilo. 2007/05/12

KALIBO -- A historic day and a dream come true in the province of Aklan and the municipality of Kalibo.

This was how Aklan Representative Florencio T. Miraflores described the landing Friday at the Kalibo Airport of Aklan's first international flight.

The landing of the Asian Spirit plane here from Incheon, South Korea to Kalibo was also Western Visayas' first international flight.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Iloilo airport opens in June

Panay News. 5/8/2007

ILOILO City -- The New Iloilo Airport Development Project (NIADP) will officially commence operations in June, according to Economic and Development Authority OIC Regional Director Arturo Valero.

Valero said a smoother operation of the airport would be experienced towards the latter part of the year as it goes full swing.

Meantime it is expected that certain adjustments would take place both from the end of the passengers and even airport concessionaires because the facilities are more beefed up compared with the old airport.

Last week, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo informed Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas that she would inaugurate the new airport after the elections.

Valero said the facilities are almost fully completed, with the 99.9 percent accomplishment report made by Transportation and Communications Project Manager Eduardo Mangalili.

He added that it is but fitting that the President inaugurates the airport because it is a major or national project.

He further explained that there are no setbacks when it comes to the conduct of businesses because the new airport could even enhance economic activities with the opening of new services.

Panay News. 5/8/2007

Monday, May 07, 2007

GMA leads Team Unity Iloilo sortie on Thursday

Panay News. 5/7/2007

ILOILO City – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be here on Thursday to attend the political rally of Team Unity. No schedule had been arranged for the inauguration of the new Iloilo airport.

A staff from the Presidential Management Staff here confirmed that Arroyo will mainly endorse the bets of Team Unity – the administration-backed senatorial line-up for the May 14 polls.

As previously scheduled, Arroyo was supposed to inaugurate the new Iloilo airport on April 16. But, with the First Gentleman undergoing a critical heart operation, she cancelled her Iloilo trip.

“The commissioning of the new airport will be in June. The delay is affected by a lot of factors,” said Arturo Valero, acting regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) here.

The postponement of the new airport’s inauguration has caused some confusion to frequent air travelers.

The Department of the Transportation and Communications (DOTC) earlier said that after the April 16 airport inauguration, commercial flights will commence landing and taking off at the new airport on April 21 – the same day that the old airport in Mandurriao district will close.

The new Iloilo airport of international standards straddles the municipalities of Sta. Barbara, San Miguel and Cabatuan.

Unlike the existing Mandurriao airport, the new Iloilo airport is situated in a 188-hectare property 19 kilometers from Iloilo City.

“With the airport transfer, certain adjustments will take place. Responsible agencies must ascertain the opening of the new airport to avoid confusion among travelers and for the public to be aware (of the transfer),” Valero said.

The new airport will be the gateway to the Visayas of air travelers in the country and worldwide. It has a runway 2.5 kilometers long and 45 meters wide, a passenger terminal with 12,000 square meters of space, and a 1,281-square meter cargo terminal.

The DOTC said the new airport is the first to have the latest technology belonging to Category F as determined by the International Civil Aviation (ICA) Organization, which means that the airport is accredited as a qualifier for international standards.
The new Iloilo airport complex also has a six-hectare regulating pod that can hold even a year's continuous downpour, hence not flood the airport runway.

Construction of the new Iloilo airport started in 2004 and was completed in March this year.

The airport can accommodate six aircrafts simultaneously parking at a time.
The opening of the P6.187-billion new Iloilo airport will also mean the closure of the existing domestic airport in Mandurriao district.

“Transfer will increase business industry,” Valero said.

Although, Valero stressed that the process of transfer “may cause problems” due to the “lack of support facilities to handle minor aberrations…support facilities will have to be provided.”

He said transportation and business facilities must be provided now that the airport is not yet operational. In going to the airport site, one must travel some 2.8 kilometers from the entrance along the national highway.

In her visit here in January 2006, President Arroyo said she was confident that the closure and privatization of the Mandurriao facility would further boost local tourism and economic activities.

Alongside with its closure, the Department of Finance is selling the existing 54-hectare Mandurriao airport property. Five land developers have expressed interest to acquire the area – SM Prime Holdings, Ayala Land, Robinsons Land, Megaworld and Filinvest.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said he would like the winning bidder to develop the old airport into a theme park, build in there a convention center, establish a hospital or set up an information technology (IT) park for business process outsourcing.

Treñas envisions the theme park to be similar to Enchanted Kingdom and Star City as this would draw more tourists to Iloilo.

Treñas said he would also want investors to put up a 5,000-seater convention center in line with his dream of making the city into the country's "convention center."

Also, with the fast growing industry on business process outsourcing, Treñas said putting up an IT park would encourage call centers to invest in this city. He said several call center companies conveyed interest to invest here but the lack of facilities holds them back from doing so.

Panay News. 5/7/2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Iloilo Airport inauguration slated after May polls May 03, 2007


The new Iloilo Airport will finally become operational after the elections as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo confirmed during her talks with Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas that the inauguration of the project will be done after the May polls.

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