Roxas approves P2b for new Bicol airport

English: Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines

English: Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DARAGA — Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas will help complete the Southern Luzon International Airport for a 2014 opening with his approval of an additional P2 billion budget, an official said.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the fund came from last year’s unexpended P8.5 billion Public-Private Partnerships Fund, noting that he expected the next P2 billion released in 2013.

“The international airport is critical to the realization of the 650,000 foreign tourist arrivals target set for year 2016 by the Albay–Sorsogon–Masbate Tourism Alliance or ALSORMASTA,” he said.

The new international airport is located in Barangay Alobo in Daraga town, Albay.

Salceda, also chairman of the Bicol Regional Development Council, the Legazpi Domestic Airport is jampacked by 11 flights daily and SLIA is designed to prevent the 22 percent flight cancellation rate in 2011 due to bad weather.

He said experts have dismissed plans to expand the Legaspi terminal due its proximity to Mayon Volcano even as flights are curtailed by sundown due to the absence of night runway illumination.

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/May/26)

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