4 June 2021
CAAP Press Release
Kalibo, Aklan – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated the newly-rehabilitated passenger terminal building (PTB) of Kalibo International Airport in Aklan today, June 4.
The construction project amounting to Php 48.4 million, covers the expansion and improvement of the international Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) (Php19.5 million, completed 15 September 2020), the re-blocking of apron pavement (Php 9.9 million, completed 4 September 2020), and the overall repair and restoration of the PTB, ARFF shed, and Admin building (18.9 million, completed 2 June 2021).
“Ngayon ho, nagsama-sama at nagtitipon-tipon tayo upang pasinayan ang renovated Kalibo International airport. Ang kahalagahan nito ay ang pagbibigay-buhay at katotohanan sa mandato ng ating Pangulo—make the Filipino life comfortable and convenient, safe,” Secretary Tugade expressed in his keynote address.
The Kalibo International PTB was expanded from 1,584 sqm. to 2,633 sqm. and has increased its capacity from 344 to 406 passengers, providing additional spaces for the operation of the Bureau of Customs, Immigration, pre-screening, and check-in areas, and additional exterior and interior waiting and queue areas for passengers.
“CAAP has always aimed to provide the best services to its airports’ patrons. From the reported extreme congestion, dilapidation, and failure in standards and expectations, KIA thrived and befriended the time given by the closure of Boracay Island and this pandemic. Realizing that a long-term solution is needed to develop this aged structure, CAAP, with the staunch direction of DOTr, launched the project to rehabilitate KIA’s grandeur.” CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said in his message..
The re-blocking of KIA’s apron will aid to eliminate the potential hazard for aircraft parked at the old apron. While the overall repair and restoration of KIA has improved and restored KIA’s look and facilities as a whole.
The inauguration was originally scheduled on June 3. However, due to inclement weather brought by tropical storm (TS) Dante, it was rescheduled the following day.
The Kalibo International Airport serves the general area of Kalibo, the capital of the Aklan province, and is one of two airports serving the island of Boracay, the other being Caticlan Airport in the municipality of Malay.
With the influx of passengers transiting in the airport, the development project was completed to cater to more passengers at a given time, and to provide a more safe, secured, and convenient travel.