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Bohol–Panglao International Airport

Bohol–Panglao International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao, Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Bohol–Panglao), also known as New Bohol International Airport (IATA: TAG, ICAO: RPSP), is a new airport on Panglao Island in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It replaced Tagbilaran Airport to support Bohol's increased passenger traffic due to tourism. The airport is dubbed as the first eco-airport in the Philippines and the country’s green gateway.

Bohol–Panglao International Airport

Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bohol–Panglao
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon
sa Bohol–Panglao
Photo shows the exterior of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesTagbilaran and the rest of Bohol
LocationTawala, Panglao, Bohol
Coordinates9°34′N 123°46.5′E / 9.567°N 123.7750°E / 9.567; 123.7750Coordinates: 9°34′N 123°46.5′E / 9.567°N 123.7750°E / 9.567; 123.7750
Map
TAG/RPSP is located in Philippines
TAG/RPSP
TAG/RPSP
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,500 8,202 Asphalt

The airport is officially classified as the international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, despite currently serving domestic flights as Philippine Airlines ended its Tagbilaran-Seoul flights on February 9, 2019.

The airport serves as the gateway to Tagbilaran and the rest of mainland Bohol for domestic air travellers. It also is less than an hour's flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is a gateway to the Central Philippines for international tourists.

The airport was inaugurated on November 27, 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte.[2]

HistoryEdit

On September 4, 2003,[3] the NEDA Board of the Philippines approved a resolution giving the green light for the construction of the airport. The proposed airport was to be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) instead of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), an infrastructure-building programme of the government of the Philippines wherein the private sector may participate in any of the schemes authorized by its build-operate-transfer law.

On March 27, 2013,[4] the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement with the Republic of the Philippines to build the Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 10.78 billion yen under the project name New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project. The signing signaled the roll out for the construction of a new airport in the province of Bohol at an island adjacent to Tagbilaran Airport. Despite the location of the airport, which is just outside of Tagbilaran, it adapted the IATA code: TAG from the old airport, which was located in the heart of Tagbilaran.

In its initial plan, the project was expected to finish in 2016, but the opening was delayed to November 2018.

ConstructionEdit

Initially, the airport's cost was pegged at ₱4.8 billion pesos to build[5] but was later increased.

On June 9, 2014,[6] six Japanese firms submitted bids for construction of the proposed airport at a cost of ₱7.14 billion to be funded from official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. On December 15, 2014,[7] the Department of Transportation and Communications started its search for bidders to bid out for the operations and maintenance (and future extension) of the airport under a concession model.

The Department of Transport initially planned to award a concession for the operating and maintenance of the airport in combination with two other regional airports. However, in February 2017 the DOTr published an announcement that the project would be tendered as a stand-alone concession, targeting the selection of a contractor in early 2018. Following a change of policy, the concession model was eventually abandoned.

Structures and FacilitiesEdit

 
Aerial view of Bohol-Panglao Airport

RunwayEdit

The airport has a 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) asphalt runway that runs in a 03/21 direction.

ApronEdit

The concrete apron features a total of four (4) parking bays for aircraft as large as the Airbus A330 or a maximum of seven (7) parking bays for narrow bodied aircraft.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TAWS Airport Database comparison between Cycle 1808 and 1809" (PDF). Universal Avionics. July 31, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Rey, Aika (November 27, 2018). "Duterte inaugurates Bohol-Panglao International Airport". Rappler. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ News, by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN. "NEDA board approves Line 2 extension, airport projects".
  4. ^ "Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Republic of the Philippines - News & Features - JICA". www.jica.go.jp.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Agcaoili, Lawrence. "DOTC rolls out P116.2-B bundled contract for 6 airports".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/286575/jeju-air-4q19-network-additions/
  9. ^ "Royal Air to start Bohol-Hong Kong chartered flights".
  10. ^ "Royhle Air Way Charter – Royhle Flight Training Academy – Dumaguete City Philippines". Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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