NEDA adds P1.28 billion for new Bohol airport

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is set to add more funds for the construction of the new Bohol international airport.

In a statement, NEDA said the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-Cabcom) had approved the additional financing for the new Bohol Panglao International Airport project which would address further civil works requirement amounting to P1.23 billion.

Ae Damalerio II, who has been designated by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto as aproject consultant to the Japan Airport Consultants (JAC), welcomed the latest development, saying the additional funding from NEDA will ensure that all the features of the airport will be met as specified in the project design.

Damalerio reiterated his assurance that the target date of completion, which is mid of next year, has not changed.

He said the people of Bohol and the provincial government are grateful to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for supporting the development initiatives in the province.

Damalerio noted that NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, a Boholano, has been fully committed to having the airport completed by June next year.

AIRPORT DETAILS

The P8.6-billion airport is designed to be compliant with international standards and to handle the increasing passenger influx in the coming years. Construction is expected to be completed within 30 months, with operations expected to commence by early-2018.

To be built on an area of 216 hectares, the airport will be a greenfield construction and is estimated to be ten times bigger than the existing airport. Tagbilaran airport is built on an area of 850m² and handles approximately 800,000 passengers a year, whereas the new airport will be able to manage 1.7 million passengers a year.

Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications and Regional Development Council Central Visayas are jointly developing the new airport.

Design Details

Panglao’s new airport is designed to be constructed as a tropical airport in accordance with the location of the island and will be planned as a tropical resort. It is designed to include a 2,000m runway, apron size of 55,585m², passenger terminal building, which can accommodate one million passengers a year, and special equipment.

 

The passenger terminal building is conceptualized as a single-level structure spread over 8,281m² housing both domestic and international operations. The roof of the building is designed as a muti-curved structure that appears to be floating over the building and takes inspiration from Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a set of unusually shaped hills.

The flight complex will have extensive landscaping that will be prominent in the external yard of the terminal building.

An external covered area of 1,958m² in front of the terminal building will be dedicated for sending off and welcoming passengers’ relatives.

Facilities

The terminal building will house domestic and international check-in hall, pre-departure lounges, offices for direct passenger-related services and building management, international and domestic baggage claim areas and concession spaces including duty-free shops.

The public concourse area at the entrance of the terminal building will have access to public toilets, car rental, bank and an airline ticketing office. The area will be connected to the car park area and the passenger terminal curb.

The airport complex will also include a control tower, air traffic control (ATC) operation and administration building, fire station and airport maintenance building, ancillary buildings and navigational aids building. Utilities such as powerhouse, water supply system and sewage treatment system will also be a part of the complex.

Sustainable Features

To be built as an ‘eco airport’, the new airport in Bohol will implement advanced Japanese technology. It will feature a photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will prevent pollution of the surrounding area through drainage during construction. Geotextile sheets will be used in the soaking yard to avoid the drainage water from seeping into the surroundings.

The airport will feature robust sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.

Other energy-saving features that will be integrated into the airport’s design will include installation of LED lights, natural lights and ventilation for most public areas. Air-conditioning will be powered by solar energy and will be available only in the pre-departure area. (with reports from airport-technology.com)

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