Marinduque Airport

Marinduque Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Marinduque) (IATA: MRQ, ICAO: RPUW) is the only airport located on and serving the island province of Marinduque in the Philippines. It is in Barangay Masiga in the town of Gasan, near the border with the provincial capital, Boac. It is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), an attached agency of the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the operations of airports in the Philippines (except the major international airports).

Marinduque Airport

Paliparan ng Marinduque
Marinduque Airport.jpg
Exterior of Marinduque Airport in 2008, prior to the airport's rehabilitation
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesGasan, Marinduque
LocationBarangay Masiga, Gasan, Marinduque
Elevation AMSL5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates13°21′36″N 121°49′31″E / 13.36000°N 121.82528°E / 13.36000; 121.82528Coordinates: 13°21′36″N 121°49′31″E / 13.36000°N 121.82528°E / 13.36000; 121.82528
MRQ/RPUW is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 1,534 5,033 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft movements252
Metric tonnes of cargo12
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.[1]

History and expansionEdit

Inauguration of the rehabilitated Marinduque Airport on April 11, 2019, led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Marinduque Airport had been previously served by several airlines. Zest Airways was the last airline to serve the airport, ceasing service in 2013 after retiring their fleet of Xian MA60 turboprop aircraft.[2] Philippine Airlines meanwhile used to serve the airport with its fleet of NAMC YS-11 and Fokker 50 aircraft before canceling service during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and South East Asian Airlines used to fly four times weekly between 2009 and 2010,[3] until when the Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft used to service the route was grounded.[4]

In 2010, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) commenced a 40 million airport development project meant for repaving the airport's runway.[5] The next year, an additional ₱5 million was allocated for the repaving of the runway's extension which had previously been constructed,[6] and in October 2014, the DOTC announced a ₱8.45 million development project for the airport, leading to the construction of a new administration building and other improvements to the facility.[7] In 2017, the CAAP allocated ₱15 million to complete construction work.[8]

Airport construction was delayed for years, initially due to bureaucratic delays on the part of the DOTC, but later on due to political differences, with Governor Carmencita Reyes and her administration standing accused of withholding permits from the winning contractor, who happened to be her political rival,[5] so that the project could be rebid to a contractor more favorable to her.[9] The Office of the Ombudsman subsequently filed graft charges against Reyes and other provincial officials in light of the controversy.[9]

Despite additional construction delays caused by a lack of materials and equipment,[10] runway construction work was completed on November 9, 2018 at a cost of ₱12.8 million, while terminal renovation work worth ₱9 million was completed on March 4, 2019.[11] Cebu Pacific's regional subsidiary, Cebgo, subsequently began service to the airport on April 1, 2019, and a formal inauguration of the airport's renovated facilities took place ten days later.[12]

Structure and facilitiesEdit

Marinduque Airport is equipped with a 1,534-meter (5,033 ft) long, concrete-paved runway.[13] Extended from its previous length of 1,400 meters (4,600 ft), it is capable of supporting turboprop aircraft like the ATR 72 and the Bombardier Dash 8.[12]

The airport's terminal building has an area of 560 square meters (6,000 sq ft). Renovation work on the terminal entailed dropping the building's ceiling, installing an air conditioning system and X-ray machines, and replacing the building's old accordion walls with glass walls.[12] A closed-circuit television system was also installed.[13] Additional renovation work, scheduled for completion in 2020, will include the construction of a drainage canal, a power house, new communal toilets, and a covered pathway and waiting areas.[14]

In 2015, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Marinduque passed an ordinance banning stray domesticated animals from the airport property and its perimeter.[15]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo


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  2. ^ "Marinduque Airport Soon to Open". Marinduque News. August 7, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "SEAIR offers direct flights to Marinduque". The Philippine Star. PhilStar Daily, Inc. December 6, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "SEAIR discontinues LET410 flights". The Philippine Star. PhilStar Daily, Inc. July 1, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Mercene, Recto (December 11, 2016). "Politics gets in the way of Marinduque Airport's upgrade". BusinessMirror. Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Gov't needs bids for airport projects". BusinessWorld. BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation. November 30, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Port, airport projects rolled out". BusinessWorld. BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation. October 22, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Sto. Domingo, Adrian (July 3, 2017). "CAAP naglaan ng Php 15M para sa konstruksyon ng Marinduque Airport" [CAAP allocates Php 15M for construction of Marinduque Airport]. Marinduque News (in Filipino). Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Marcelo, Elizabeth (February 10, 2015). "Graft raps filed vs. Marinduque governor, other officials". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Mimaropa RPMT monitors ongoing projects in Marinduque". Marinduque News. September 28, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Zurbano, Joel E. (April 12, 2019). "Marinduque airport with new runway inaugurated". Manila Standard. Philippine Manila Standard Publishing, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Valdez, Denise A. (April 11, 2019). "Transport dep't inaugurates upgraded Marinduque Airport terminal, runway extension". BusinessWorld. BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Aguilon, Erwin (April 12, 2019). "Marinduque Airport muling binuksan para sa mga commercial flights" [Marinduque Airport reopened for commercial flights] (in Filipino). DZIQ. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Rey, Aika (April 11, 2019). "Marinduque Airport resumes commercial operations". Rappler. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  15. ^ Apolonio, Eric B. (July 1, 2015). "Stray domesticated animals barred from Marinduque Airport". TV5 News and Information. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2019.