BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar - The new Borongan City Airport will be operational by next month with the full completion of its new terminal building.
This was announced by Borongan Mayor Ma. Fe R. Abunda who said the new airport will be inaugurated in March by President Benigno S. Aquino III together with Eastern Samar Rep. Ben P. Evardone.
Abunda said she had worked for the release of P13 million from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Manila which was used to help construct the new terminal building. She said that Evardone had also helped in the release of funds used for the concreting of the perimeter fence around the new airport.
The Borongan city mayor said that with the opening of the new airport, passengers from the nearby towns of Dolores, Arteche, Sulat, Can-Avid, Taft, San Julian, and as far as the Northern Samar towns of Lapinig and Gamay can now take the plane to Manila once it becomes fully operational.
She said there used to be daily flights from Borongan to Manila but these ceased three years ago as the airport was not rehabilitated.
"Passengers from Eastern Samar and from nearby towns in Northern Samar will no longer have to travel to Tacloban City to take the plane for Manila as they can now take the airplane from our place once this new airport is inaugurated. said Abunda.
Currently, the bulk of airline passengers here taking the plane from the Tacloban City Airport come from Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Samar, Biliran and Southern Leyte provinces who are on the road for as long as three to four hours just to take a flight to Manila.