The much anticipated Bicol International Airport (BIA) project in Barangay Alobo, Daraga has finally moved a step forward as President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking rites on Thursday.
The Php708-million construction of landside facilities is projected to be completed by 2019 according to Elizaldy Co, owner of Sunwest Construction Development Corporation, the contractor of BIA Package 2A.

The landside facilities will be consisted of administration, cargo terminal, air traffic control, crash fire rescue, air traffic control, power house, maintenance, material recovery facilities, pump room and water reservoir, chilled water pump house, chlorination house 1 and 2, guard houses and the Department Transportation’s Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines quarters.

Bicol International Airport (BIA) Project to Open Soon
One of the inspiration design of Bicol International Airport
Php1.6-billion has already been spent by the government to acquire lands and construct the 2.1 kilometer runway. The said project was conceptualized during the Arroyo administration and carried on during Aquino’s administration.

It had been projected to be operational in 2016, but was delayed due to some adjustments in the bidding process. While the airside facility has started, the structures at the landside area were still being worked out.

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Php300 million in 2009 and another Php300 million in 2010 were released for the concrete road construction site development. Php970 million funding was released in 2012 to construct the 2.1 kilometer runway.
Bicol International Airport (BIA) Project to Open Soon
Once the project has finished, it will make up for the technical limitations of the existing Legazpi Airport as manifested in frequent flight cancellations. It is also expected to help or even increase the booming tourism industry in the area.

The BIA is located in a 148-hectare area and would be equipped with night landing capability and take-off facilities, control tower, passenger and cargo terminal, car park, fire station, and other modern facilities.
Bicol International Airport (BIA) Project to Open Soon
Bicol International Airport Design
Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara told during an interview that he requested the President and Secretary Tugade to revise the design of the airport to meet international standards.

According to him, upon consultation with architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, the international airport has not even started, but some of the facilities are already obsolete. He added that the existing two-lane road networks connecting the airport to the Maharlika highway should be expanded to a six-lane road to follow international standards.

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