Kalibo International Airport

Kalibo International Airport (Aklanon: Paeoparang Pangkalibutan it Kalibo, Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Kalibo, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Kalibo; IATA: KLO, ICAO: RPVK) is an international airport that serves the general area of Kalibo, the capital of the province of Aklan in the Philippines, and is one of two airports serving Boracay, the other being Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (also known as Caticlan Airport) in the municipality of Malay. It is the fastest growing airport in the Philippines in terms of passenger traffic with more than 50% growth in 2010, and 2nd fastest for seats offered for June 2014 over the corresponding month of the previous year (20%).[2] The airport is classified as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation responsible for the operations of all airports in the Philippines except major international airports.

Kalibo International Airport

Paeoparang Pangkalibutan it Kalibo
Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Kalibo
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Kalibo
Kalibo Airport, Philippines.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesBoracay
LocationPook, Kalibo, Aklan
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL4 m / 14 ft
Coordinates11°40′45″N 122°22′33″E / 11.67917°N 122.37583°E / 11.67917; 122.37583Coordinates: 11°40′45″N 122°22′33″E / 11.67917°N 122.37583°E / 11.67917; 122.37583
Websitewww.kalibointernational.com
Map
KLO/RPVK is located in Philippines
KLO/RPVK
KLO/RPVK
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,500 8,202 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2021)
Passengers95,541
Decrease 75.59%
Aircraft movements1,646
Decrease 0.56%
Cargo movement (in kg)805,433
Increase 64.89%
Source: CAAP[1]

The airport is situated 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) east of the main area of Kalibo and 68 kilometers (42 mi) from Caticlan port in Malay.

Expansion and developmentEdit

 
The airport's control tower.

On March 31, 2008, construction of the airport's new terminal building commenced. The said construction is part of the 130-million fund pledged by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007 for the upgrade of the airport which is being geared to become an international landmark for tourism. The package includes 80 million pesos for the new terminal, while ₱50 million was released in 2009 by the Department of Budget and Management for the installation of an Instrument Landing System (ILS).[3]

The Kalibo International Airport has one of the busiest international flight activity in Western Visayas. Regular and chartered flights accommodate thousands of travelers during the holidays from Asian routes to the capital town of Kalibo.[4]

A 200-meter (660 ft) extension of the runway was due to open by the end of 2017, which would extend the current 2,187-meter (7,175 ft) runway to 2,387 meters (7,831 ft).[5] The construction of the new terminal building is to start as soon as possible. There is also to be widening and extension of the apron and expansion of the tarmac, plus additional aircraft parking, airport lights and vehicular parking.

A ₱17.9-million expansion and rehabilitation project for the terminal building begun on July 2, 2018 as part of the Build! Build! Build! program of the government that has been pushing for the development and expansion of existing infrastructures such as airports.[6] Rehabilition works were completed on September 15, 2020. The entire rehabilitation project, which included the rehabilitation of the terminal, reblocking of apron pavement and upgrades to the nearby facilities, was inaugurated on June 4, 2021.[7]

StructureEdit

RunwayEdit

The airport has a single 2,500-meter (8,200 ft) runway with a width of 45 meters (148 ft), running in a direction of 05°/23°. It can accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family.[8]

Passenger terminalEdit

The airport has a two-level passenger terminal building. The first level houses the check-in counters, security checks, and the pre-departure area. The second level houses the airline offices in the check-in area, and various kiosks. The pre-departure area also has restaurants and pasalubong centers.[9]

The international passenger terminal building has an area of 2,633.40 square meters (28,345.7 sq ft) and can accommodate 406 passengers.[7]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Air Busan Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Air Seoul Seoul–Incheon
Cebu Pacific Manila
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Pan Pacific Airlines Seoul–Incheon
PAL Express Manila
Philippine Airlines Manila, Seoul–Incheon[10]
Philippines AirAsia Manila
T'way AirSeoul–Incheon[11]

StatisticsEdit

Data from Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).[12][13]


Annual passenger traffic at KLO airport. See Wikidata query.

An em dash (—) is used if data from CAAP is not available.

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On February 13, 2012, an Airbus A320 operating as Airphil Express Flight 969 with 135 people on board, overshot the runway. No injuries or aircraft damage occurred in the incident.[14]
  • On December 19, 2013, an Airbus A320 operating as Zest Air flight Z2 058 bound for Shanghai Pudong International Airport skidded off the runway while doing a 180-degree turn at the runway. No injuries among the 144 passengers were reported.[15]
  • On December 30, 2014, AirAsia Zest Flight Z2 272, an Airbus A320-216 registered RP-C8972, overshot the runway during landing. All 159 passengers and crew survived with no injuries.[16]
  • On April 14, 2016, a SEAir International Airbus A320 from Incheon International Airport blew one of its tires after touchdown. All 156 passengers and crew evacuated with no injuries.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aircraft, Passenger, Cargo Movements 2021 (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Report). Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Philippines capacity up 5.4%; Cebu Pacific Air has half of domestic market". February 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Construction of Kalibo Airport, The Manila Bulletin Online, archived from the original on September 18, 2008, retrieved April 2, 2008
  4. ^ "AKLAN FORUM journal".
  5. ^ "Kalibo International Airport". AirportGuide.
  6. ^ Ignacio, Reicelene Joy (July 2, 2018). "P17.9-M expansion and rehab of Kalibo Airport to start July 2". The Manila Times. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Cordero, Ted (June 4, 2021). "Upgraded Kalibo airport to boost employment, tourism in Aklan —DOTr". GMA News Online. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kalibo International Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  9. ^ "Kalibo International Airport". Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  10. ^ "PHILIPPINE AIRLINES RESTORES ADDITIONAL ROUTES TO KOREA IN LATE-JULY 2022". AeroRoutes. June 14, 2022.
  11. ^ "Kalibo International Airport reopens flights from South Korea". CNN Philippines. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Philippine Aircraft, Passenger and Cargo Statistics 2001-2010". Archived from the original on June 2, 2013.
  13. ^ "Aircraft, Passenger, and Cargo Movements". Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Kalibo airport operations disrupted as plane overshoots runway". GMA News. February 13, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  15. ^ "China-bound plane overshoots Kalibo airport runway". SunStar. December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  16. ^ "AirAsia flight overshoots runway in Kalibo, Philippines". December 31, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  17. ^ Zabal, Boy Ryan B. (April 14, 2016). "Plane blows tire in Kalibo airport, responding fire fighters injured". Rappler. Retrieved September 7, 2022.

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