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Philippines’ First “Eco-airport” Finally Opens in Bohol

As of November 27, Bohol’s new pride and joy will finally have been inaugurated with no other than President Duterte himself leading the rites.

The P8.9 billion airport is expected to welcome an estimate of up to two million visitors annually and has been dubbed the country’s first “eco-airport.”

As an “eco-airport,” the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will feature natural ventilation systems, solar panels that’ll provide about 30% of the airport’s power, and motion detectors.

Panglao Airport solar panels
Image Credit: Annie Perez via ABS CBN News

It has its own sewage treatment plant and a solid waste disposal system. Located in Panglao, the airport rests on a 220-hectare land and is meant to replace Tagbiliran Airport.

The new eco-airport is 10 times bigger than the Tagbilaran Airport with the latter sitting on 22-hectare land area as opposed to the former’s 220-hectares.

It will be able to hold up to 650 passengers during peak hours, around 200 more than what Tagbilaran can currently handle. It can also accommodate as many as seven planes at a time, be it for local or international flights.

Planning for the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport started in 2003, upon approval from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

It was only in 2015 when construction commenced – with 2021 as the target date for completion. However, three years later, not only has it been built ahead of schedule but its also been done so with green and sustainable material.

Air Asia plane
Image credit: @Tupungato via Shutterstock.com

Also on November 27 but ahead of the official opening ceremony, AirAsia made its mark by being the first plane to land at the new airport.

While aboard the airlines’ Airbus A320 from Manila, AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said that the company felt “strongly about supporting the growth and development of cities outside Metro Manila.”

Representatives from the Japanese government and Japan International Cooperation Agency will be gracing the event alongside Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco, National Economic and Development Authority chief Ernesto Pernia, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, and Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Banner Image Credit: Arianne Merez via ABS-CBN News
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