Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III led last Wednesday the ceremonial groundbreaking of the airport development project in Capiz province capital, Roxas City.
Aquino lowered the time capsule to signal the start of the two major upgrades to the Roxas City Airport, namely the expansion and improvement of the passenger terminal building and the extension of the runway.
He was assisted by Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General William HotchkissIII.
President Aquino said the government appropriated P215-million budget for the asphalt overlay and extension of the runway, installation of night landing facilities, acquisition of new fire trucks and improvement of the passenger terminal building.
He said that after the completion of said development project, more passengers will be accommodated here, expectedly from 419 passengers to 797 passengers per day.
The President said the project will further boost the tourism industry as well as the economic growth of the entire province
The Roxas City Airport Development Project, particularly involving expansion and improvement of the passenger terminal building and the extension of the runway has a combined approved budget from contract of P48.1 million.
Passenger terminal building expansion will increase the existing 875 square meter terminal's area by 626 square meters bringing the total floor area to 1,501 square meters and bumping up its capacity from 153,000 to 291,000 passengers annually.
Runway extension work will lengthen the runway from 1,890 to 2,010 meters, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) pointing out that the additional 120 meters will improve the safety of Airbus A30 aircraft operating in the airport.
Realization of the city's airport project was made possible during the incumbency of Roxas when he was still DOTC secretary.
Capiceños hope that upgrading of the airport here will result in better services, more tourists, as well as economic growth.