New Boracay Airport Ready by 2016


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The future of Boracay Airport

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.

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“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

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AirAsia Group Confident About the Philippines


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MANILA- At least the AirAsia group remains highly committed to the Philippines despite recent catastrophes faced by the country in the last six months. Typhoon and earthquake did not deter Asia’s largest low cost airline to further expand to the Phillipine archipelago.
Just a few months after opening the Cebu market with new flights to both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, the Malaysian affiliate AirAsia Bhd announced to launch from April 18 four weekly frequencies from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo. Kalibo airport is the nearest location to go to Boracay Island, one of the Philippines most renowned resort areas.
Last February, Philippe Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya expressed his satisfaction to media : “As we move towards the attainment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 and as close neighbors, it is high time for Malaysians and Filipinos to meet, engage and get to know more of each other’s peoples and countries,” he said in a statement.
The Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo direct international flight will be a first for the local airport. The nearest airport to Boracay is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in the town of Caticlan. From there, Boracay Island is only accessible either through Caticlan or Kalibo. However, only Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines Express have regular flights to Caticlan which has limited air facilities.
The transfer via Kalibo is slightly longer, varying between an hour and a half and three hours depending of the type of transportation used. The new route of AirAsia will anyway bring tourists closer to Boracay instead of a transfer via Manila.
Late last year,  AirAsia Zest launched its first international flights from Cebu Mactan International Airport to Kuala Lumpur as well as Kota Kinabalu. Cebu is AirAsia Zest second hub with new international and domestic flights being served. Currently the AirAsia Group serves eight destinations in the Philippines with Manila, Cebu and soon Kalibo being internationally connected.
Manila is connected to 13 international and domestic destinations while Cebu is connected to 8 domestic and international destinations.

AirAsia to Open Kalibo-Kuala Lumpur this April


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MANILA, Philippines—Malaysian tourists will soon be closer to savoring the world renowned white sands of Boracay with AirAsia’s opening of direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo, Aklan in April.

“As we move towards the attainment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 and as close neighbors, it is high time for Malaysians and Filipinos to meet, engage and get to know more of each other’s peoples and countries,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said in a statement Friday.

The Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo direct international flight is the first for Kalibo and will fly four times a week starting April 18.

The nearest airport to Boracay is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in the town of Caticlan. From there, Boracay Island is just a boat ride away. Presently, only Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines Express have regular flights to Caticlan.

The new route of AirAsia will bring tourists closer to Boracay instead of having to go to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

“I have been to Boracay myself- and with its pristine waters, white sands, the bustling beach life, it is indeed one of the world’s best beaches,” Malaya said.

“The embassy considers tourism as a major factor in promoting and developing Philippine-Malaysia relations, notably in our people to people engagement,” he said.

Tourists from the Malaysia going into the Philippines numbered 109, 437 in 2013, the embassy said.

“Aside from the places they visited, what lingers in the minds of travelers after their stay in the Philippines is the warmth and hospitality of Filipinos,” Malaya said.

“I hope the Malaysians are excited enough to plan ahead to pack their bags, sunglasses and sarongs, stock up on sunblock and visit Boracay through AirAsia,” he said.
Source: http://business.inquirer.net/164563/airasia-to-open-kuala-lumpur-kalibo-route-in-april#ixzz2u8CQy4yL 

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