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Sayak Airport (Surigaonon: Tugpahanan nan Sayak) (IATA: IAO, ICAO: RPNS), also known as Siargao Airport, is an airport serving the general area of Siargao Island, located in the province of Surigao del Norte in the Philippines. The airport is located in Barangay Sayak in the municipality of Del Carmen, where the airport derives its name from.

Sayak Airport

Tugpahanan nan Sayak
Sayak Airport - panoramio.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesSiargao Island
LocationBarangay Sayak, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte
Elevation AMSL3 m / 10 ft
Coordinates9°51′32″N 126°0′50″E / 9.85889°N 126.01389°E / 9.85889; 126.01389Coordinates: 9°51′32″N 126°0′50″E / 9.85889°N 126.01389°E / 9.85889; 126.01389
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IAO/RPNS is located in Philippines
IAO/RPNS
IAO/RPNS
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,500 4,921 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers332,309[1]
Aircraft movements (2016)1,445[2]

The airport is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.

HistoryEdit

Siargao Airport was built in 1963 by the late President Diosdado Macapagal. In 2008, President Gloria Arroyo initiated a project called Super Regions Program which aims to improve economic activity through infrastructure project. The airport could accommodate only 19-seater planes from Cebu. Sayak Airport was renovated and upgraded with the 1,500 meters runway extension that enabled the facility to accommodate bigger planes that carries more than 100 passengers.[3]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Cebu Pacific
operated by Cebgo
Caticlan

(begins January 6, 2020), Cebu, Manila

Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Cebu, Clark, Davao

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On February 27, 2018, a SkyJet Airlines British Aerospace 146 overshot the runway. All 73 passengers and four crew members evacuated the aircraft unharmed. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation, but the CAAP is noting a possible bird strike after one of the passengers reported that the pilot attempted to dodge a passing eagle.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ List of the busiest airports in the Philippines#cite note-caapfoi2017-1
  2. ^ "CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF THE PHILIPPINES; AERODROME DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT SERVICE; PASSENGER MOVEMENT for CY 2016. download spreadsheet file". Caap.gov.ph. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  3. ^ LEILANI CHAVEZ. "Opening of Siargao airport to perk up tourism". News.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  4. ^ Catoto, Roel (February 27, 2018). "Jet overshoots runway in Siargao; All passengers safe". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

External linksEdit

Sayak Airport, Siargao Islands