The new Bohol-Panglao International Airport, inaugurated November 12, 2018, is set to lower Bohol flight prices to and from the province.
According to Bohol Tourism Office, the old Tagbilaran Airport’s “limiting runway” was a contributing factor to the high airfare prices.
The average round trip flight from Metro Manila would cost as much as P20,000 during peak season. That amount is almost equivalent to or even more expensive than fares to some international destinations.
Compared to the old airport, which only had a 1,779-meter runway, the new airport boasts a state-of-the-art 2,500-meter runway, which can accommodate up to seven aircraft at a time.
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The new passenger terminal can hold about two million passengers a year, or 10 times more visitors for Bohol annually. The tourism office predicts that the increase of supply will eventually lower flight prices.
Local airlines have already transferred operations from the old Tagbilaran airport to the new Bohol airport in Panglao since last year. The old airport is no longer operational.
The new international gateway is expected to grow the tourism industry substantially and could require expansions as soon as 2025.
With its white-sand beaches and world-famous diving spots, Panglao island is a popular tourist destination in Bohol.
Last 2017, the island welcomed 704,000 guests. With the new airport, more tourists from around the Philippines and abroad are expected to visit.
Reports say that tourism in Bohol has grown steadily through the years. The annual growth rate was 25.2 percent from 2011 to 2017. A spike of 30 percent was recorded from 2016 to 2017. Tourist arrivals in Bohol are expected to hit an estimate of 1.2 million this year.
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