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Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy), also known and still commonly referred to as Davao International Airport (IATA: DVO, ICAO: RPMD), is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport in the island of Mindanao and the third busiest in the Philippines after Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu. The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway.

Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Francisco Bangoy
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The airport in January 2018 as viewed from across the runway.
Airport typePublic
OwnerCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
OperatorDavao International Airport Authority
ServesDavao City and Davao Region
LocationCatitipan, Barangay Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines
Hub for
Elevation AMSL29 m / 96 ft
Coordinates07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583Coordinates: 07°07′31″N 125°38′45″E / 7.12528°N 125.64583°E / 7.12528; 125.64583
DVO/RPMD is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,000 9,842 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2018)
Increase 4.74%
Aircraft movements44,335
Increase 15.18%
Cargo (in kg) (2017)57,753,999
Increase 7.63%
Source: eFOI[1]

A new terminal replaces the previous airport terminals, which lie just across it, in handling both domestic and international flights operating to and from Davao. The modern facility is designed to handle approximately 2 million passengers annually and 84,600 metric tons of cargo annually. The added capacity is also complemented by the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipment.

The modernization and upgrading of the airport facilities aims to make Davao as a hub for tourism and foreign investment in the region. Development was funded by a forty million-dollar loan from the Asian Development Bank, co-financed by the European Investment Bank for twenty-five million ECUs, and through budgetary allocations from the government. The total cost of the project amounted to $128 million.

After almost a decade, the new terminal was finally inaugurated on December 2, 2003. Initial construction began in 2000 while plans for construction were announced in 1992.

On November 12, 2007, Cebu Pacific announced this airport as its third hub.[2]

Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, announced this airport as its third hub on March 26, 2018.[3]

Republic Act (RA) 11457, known as the Davao International Airport Authority charter, was signed by His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on August 30, 2019. This law creates and establishes the Davao International Airport Authority which will be handling all airports in Davao Region, including the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.[4]


The Leandro Locsin-designed old terminal buildings, which were in use until 2003. The building still stands today

Francisco Bangoy International Airport began operations in the 1940s with a donation of land in Barangay Sasa, located in the Buhangin district of Davao City, by Don Francisco Bangoy, the patriarch of an influential family who later served as the city's congressman. At the time it began operation, the airport merely consisted of a 1,200-meter unpaved grass runway and quonset huts serving as terminal buildings. At the time, and throughout much of the 1940s and 1950s, both Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Air Force provided air service to the city.[5]

By 1959, the complex consisted of a small control tower and several low-rise buildings. Right of way and access to the terminal buildings and the airport was improved through further donation of land by Paciano Bangoy during the latter stages of his gubernatorial term. A new terminal designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, with a capacity of one million passengers, was constructed in 1980 and the runway was progressively extended from its original length of 1,200 meters to its current 3,000 meters. Both projects were funded during the term of then-Congressman Manuel Garcia, whose congressional district covers the airport perimeter.[5]

Rapid growth at the airport precipitated the construction of a 15 million interim international terminal beside the airport's then-existing terminal,[5] and then eventually a new, larger terminal building which would consolidate the two existing terminals. In planning since 1992, construction began in 2000 and subsequently inaugurated on December 2, 2003, with a capacity double that of the old airport terminal. The construction of the new P2.7 billion building was funded by both the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.[5] The biggest aircraft to land in Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (registration number UR-82027). It delivered parts of the damaged Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 that overshot the runway during a heavy rain since June 2, 2013.[6]

A bombing in the old Davao International Airport Terminal on March 2003

On March 4, 2003, a bomb exploded in the waiting shed outside the old terminal building, killing 21 people. At least 145 others were injured when the bomb went off.[7]

In June 2015, the Mindanao Development Authority plans to turn the 1980–2003 airport terminal into a trade and cultural museum. The plans are still being studied.


Data from Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).[1]



Airport interior

The 2.7 billion passenger terminal is a Malay architecture-inspired building which is four times larger than the old terminal. It is fully computerized, more secure and has more commercial spaces for concessionaires at approximately 9,000 square metres (97,000 sq ft) of gross leasable area. It has four units of jet bridges for passengers. It has also a Flight Information Display System and Closed-circuit television system complementing the terminal's security system.

The terminal has 14 domestic and 14 international check-in counters that can handle a steady flow of passenger traffic. The Check-in counters are equipped with electronic weighing scales and conveyors and its baggage handling system is also computerized. It also has 2 arrival areas, for domestic and international with 2 baggage conveyors each. The Cargo Terminal Building covers almost 5,580 square metres (60,100 sq ft) and can handle up to 84,600 metric tons (83,300 long tons; 93,300 short tons) of cargo a year.


A Philippine Airlines aircraft at the airport

The airport has a single 3,000-metre (9,800 ft) long runway by 45-metre (148 ft) wide that can handle wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A330, A330neo, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380, Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The installation of a new instrument landing system (ILS) for both Runways 05 and 23 upgraded its compliance to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating category-Precision Approach Category 1. It can accommodate 8 to 10 aircraft landings per hour, depending on size and has the equivalent 9 gate holding areas for those aircraft. The airport has also 2 dual access taxiway. Taxiways A3 and A4 are used to access the new ramp and terminal; taxiways B and C are used for access to the old airport ramp.[8]

The largest aircraft to land at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport is an Antonov An-124. The Antonov An-124 is the fourth largest plane in the world, next to the Boeing 747-8.

Other structuresEdit

Besides the main terminal building, there are also new support facilities like the Administration Building, Airfield Maintenance Building, Central Plant Building, Hangar for Military and Training aircraft and Fire/Crash/Rescue Building. It has a 688-slot car parking area and 4 slots for shuttle buses. It has a 3-megawatt (4,000 hp) standby power generator.

Future DevelopmentEdit

A Philippine Tourism Development Plan was released by the Department of Tourism, which includes Davao International Airport:[9]

Project 4: UpgradeEdit

This project comprises the following tasks:

  • In January 2017, the bidding started for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of Davao International Airport. It includes building a new passenger terminal and a second runway being considered. On May 22, 2017, Sec. Tugade decided that the funds will be from Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).
  • Rehabilitate existing terminal building and improvement of comfort rooms; expansion of existing terminal building, expansion of apron and vehicle parking area; consultancy services for the advance engineering, detailed engineering design and environmental impact assessment Study for Davao Airport Project; and construction of parallel taxiway and initial site acquisition for new airport site.
  • Improvements to enhance the safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Cathay DragonHong Kong
Cebu PacificBacolod, Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Manila, Singapore, Zamboanga
Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo
Cagayan de Oro, Tagbilaran
Garuda IndonesiaManado[10]
Philippine AirlinesCebu, Clark, Manila
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Cebu, Clark, Iloilo (resumes January 3, 2020)[11], Siargao, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga
Philippines AirAsiaCebu, Clark, Manila
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Royal Air PhilippinesSeasonal: Cebu

^Note 1 : This flight makes an intermediate stop between Cebu and the listed destination. However, it has no rights to transport passengers solely between Cebu and the intermediate stop.


  • On April 19, 2000, Air Philippines Flight 541, a Boeing 737-200 en route from Manila to Davao crashed near the airport killing 131 people.[12][13]
  • On the night of August 25, 2008, Philippine Air Force, C-130 Hercules bound for Iloilo City crashed into Davao Gulf shortly after take off from Davao International Airport. The aircraft sank 800 feet into the gulf. The incident killed nine crew members plus two Philippine Army soldiers.[14][15] After several days of a search-and-retrieval operation, the wreckage was found with the help of a US Navy ship, the USNS John McDonnell.[16]
  • On June 2, 2013, Cebu Pacific Flight 971 (registration number RP-C3266) carrying 165 passengers inbound from Manila, overshot the runway during heavy rain. There were no fatalities, however the plane was heavily damaged.[17] The damaged aircraft was moved to the old airport terminal for the investigation and parting.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (July 23, 2018). "Yearly Passenger, Cargo and Aircraft Movements of all airports in the Philippines 1997-2017". Republic of the Philippines - Freedom of Information Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cebu Pacific to make Davao its 3rd hub" (Press release). Cebu Pacific. November 12, 2007. Archived from the original on November 17, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
  3. ^ Cayon, Manuel (March 26, 2018). "Hong Kong, Bangkok eyed for next foreign route of PAL's Davao hub - Manuel Cayon".
  4. ^ "Duterte approves creation of Davao International Airport Authority | Inquirer News". September 10, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Ajero, Antonio M. (December 1, 2003). "Nonoy Garcia, Elias Lopez and other airport tales". Sun.Star Davao. Archived from the original on December 21, 2003. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  6. ^ " - Your favorite newspapers and magazines".
  7. ^ "Philippines airport bomb kills 18 – March 4, 2013".
  8. ^ "Airports – Davao Int'l Airport". CAAP. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Formulation of the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan 2011–2016" (PDF). Department of Tourism – Philippines. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
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  12. ^ "Air disaster timeline". BBC. November 30, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. May 19, 2000. Retrieved July 16, 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ "Hercules goes down in Davao Gulf; 9 missing". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 27, 2008. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  15. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 4593 Barangay Bukana, San Pedro Extension, Davao City". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "US Navy ship to help locate crashed C-130". Cebu Daily News. August 30, 2008. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  17. ^ Manlupig, Karlos (June 2, 2013). "Cebu Pacific plane overshoots Davao airport runway". Retrieved June 3, 2013.

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