LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — The refurbishing of the Legazpi International Airport passenger terminal has been completed, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced Thursday.
The terminal, which cost P40 million to upgrade, now boasts improvements that make it environment-friendly, such as wide glass walls that allow natural light to illuminate the interior, reducing electricity use while offering a view of the runway back-dropped by iconic Mayon Volcano. It also has wider spaces, including separate international arrival and pre-departure areas, and enough seats to accommodate more than 500 passengers at a given time.
The terminal also houses the offices of the Bureau of Immigration, Customs and Human/Plant Quarantine and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The improvement of the Legazpi airport terminal was funded by revenues generated by the CAAP.
The airport can accommodate medium-sized commercial jets and military aircraft on its single runway.
It currently handles eight regular flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and CebGo (Tiger Air) from Manila and Cebu, as well as international charters, mostly from China.
Although operating as a sunrise-sunset facility due to the ongoing improvement and installation of its instrument landing system, the airport can handle night landings and take-offs upon prior notice.
Asked why the terminal was refurbished when the new South Luzon, or Bicol International Airport, is being built and expected to be completed in the next five years, Cynthia Tumanut, the manager of Area Center V and Legazpi airport said they “could not just sit and watch with blank face at the difficulties and discomforts being experienced by passengers due to cramped space and insufficient vents system of the old passenger terminal.”
Area Center V covers the Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, Virac, Bulan and Daet airports.
Source: Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com