Malay, Aklan – The expansion of Boracay Airport catering to tourists flying to and from Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is underway.
“The expansion project is really meant to accommodate bigger aircraft,” said Leopoldo Tirol, outgoing manager of Boracay Airport located in Caticlan, in mainland Malay town, Aklan.
[caption id="attachment_167581" align="aligncenter" width="576"] BORACAY AIRPORT EXPANDED – TransAire Development Holdings Corp. (TADHC), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, which operates Boracay Airport in Caticlan, mainland Malay town, Aklan province, is expanding the airport to accommodate bigger aircraft. Caticlan is gateway to world-famous Boracay Island, which continues to be sought after by a horde of tourists, both local and foreign year after year. (Tara Yap)[/caption]
TransAire Development Holdings Corporation (TADHC), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) which manages the operations of Boracay Airport, is currently clearing the runway of what is now the seventh busiest airport in the country.
From 950 meters, Tirol said the runway will be expanded to 2,100 meters.
Aside from the runway, the expansion project also includes construction of a new passenger terminal and rehabilitation of the existing terminal.
Other plans include improvement of other airport infrastructures including the network of roads leading to and from the airport.
Boracay Airport caters mainly to domestic commercial flights, while also servicing several chartered international flights.
Tirol said the TADHC is addressing the influx of tourists that want to cut down on air travel time going to and from Boracay Island, acknowledged for quite some time now as one of the world’s most recognized beach destinations.
Latest Department of Tourism in Western Visayas data indicates that there were 845,299 visitors that flocked to the island between January to June, 2014.