MAASIN AIRPORT, Leyte (DWDD) – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated the new Passenger Terminal Building of the Maasin Airport yesterday, July 2, 2018.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration, together with DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco.
The airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) aims to upgrade the airport from a community airport to a standard Principal Class 2 airport, so that it can meet increasing air transport demands.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the Maasin Airport Project is expected to enhance the city’s economic accessibility.
“Gusto natin inclusive growth, kaya kung mapapansin ninyo, agresibo tayo sa pag-implement ng mga proyekto sa mga probinsya. Gaya nitong bagong terminal ng Maasin airport na siguradong makakatulong sa economic activity ng Leyte,” he said.
Maasin Airport is one of the community airports under the CAAP National Airport System, and is the only airport serving the region of Southern Leyte.
In 2013, Maasin Airport served as a backup entry point for relief goods and medicine deliveries during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda— proving its capability and potential to serve as an alternate airport to Tacloban City’s Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.
Local officials of Leyte, led by Congressman Roger G. Mercado,Governor Damian Mercado and Vice Governor Christopherson M. Yap, together with Maasin Mayor National V. Mercado and Vice Mayor Maloney L. Samaco will also be present at the inauguration.
A budding city discovering its potentials, Maasin City’s attractions include the eco-treat of Cagnituan – a huge subterranean cave, cool waterfall, and a refreshing lagoon; an 18th century church which is a pilgrimage site, while its neighboring towns are known for dive sites. DOTr / MCAG
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade leads the inauguration of Maasin Airport’s new passenger terminal building in Maasin City, Southern Leyte on July 02, 2018.Initially constructed in 2015 within the 36-hectare airport, the new building can hold 300 passengers daily, amounting to roughly 100,000 travellers per year. The project aims to upgrade the facility from being a community airport to a standard principal class 2 airport through construction of additional amenities including vehicular parking areas, power house, access road, and installation of furniture and air conditioning units, that have all been bid-out on June 14, 2018. The airport is owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) headed by Director General Jim Sydiongco. Currently, it only allows the Air Juan’s nine-seater Cessna commercial plane covering flights from Maasin City to Tagbilaran City in Bohol and Cebu City four times a week, and the operation of a Cebu-based flying school.During the onslaught of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name: ‘Haiyan’) in 2013, the Maasin Airport served a crucial role as a backup entry point for relief operations, other than the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City.
Nai-post ni Department of Transportation – Philippines noong Linggo, Hulyo 1, 2018