There’s no stopping the Godofredo P.Ramos Airport from being an International Airport in the near future.
Despite the reservations aired by provincial officials and other stakeholders, said airport otherwise known as the Boracay Airport, will definitely serve international flights upon the completion of its expansion and upgrading projects leaving the future of the Kalibo International Airport in uncertain terms.
“There’s no turning back for the Boracay Airport for its bid on becoming an international airport in the near future. Its expansion and upgrading under a Public Private Partnership project is clearly stipulated in the Concessionaire Agreement between CAAP and the San Miguel Corp.,” Engr. Raul Glorioso, department manager of the Aerodome Development and Management Service of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) told the Western Visayas Informer in a recent interview.
The Caticlan Airport Development Project was endorsed by the Regional Development Council and approved by the NEDA Board in 2008. Under its approved Concessionaire Agreement, the Caticlan International Airport and Development Corporation (CIADC) will rehabilitate the existing airport at an estimated cost of P2.51 billion under an unsolicited Contract-Add-Operate-and-Transfer (CAOT) arrangement (a BOT variant) in a span of six years.
However in April 2010, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) acquired the majority interest/stake of CIADC. SMC through its subsidiary Trans Aire Development Holding Corporation now holds the 25-year contract to rehabilitate and operate the airport. The development involves the lengthening of its runway from 900 meters to 2.1 kilometers in order to accommodate Airbus 320 jetliners and other aircraft that will bring in international tourists.
A closer look on the Revised Master Development Plan of the Airport during its inauguration last 2011 reveals that the airport is the first in the country to have both ends of the runway extending towards the sea and a road crossing underneath the runway at both ends. It is also the first of its type to have a jetty port, hotel, convention center, and commercial center all located within its airport complex. SMC’s total investment to cover all these developments will be $300 million.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the airport, called Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, will be completed in 2016.
Source: RECTO I. VIDAL, TADHC