Amidst growing anticipation of the grand opening of the Puerto Princesa International Airport on April 17, Engr. Percy Malonecio of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-PPC clarified that there remains no final notice on the inauguration and turn-over ceremony really pushing through on the said announced date. Authorities have previously disclosed the said inaugural date to local and national media last year.
Engr. Malonecio said via SMS to Palawan News that they are waiting for the final advice as to the turn-over of the Php 4.46B Puerto Princesa International Airport Development Project. “For final notice pa,” he said.
Meanwhile, Engr. Gil Pamatpat, Project Manager from Department of Transportation (DOTr), echoed Malonecio’s statement, explaining that “hindi naman s’ya ganon kadali.”
Pamatpat nonetheless underscored that the Puerto Princesa International Airport is almost complete. According to him, some external works have to be completed, but these will not affect operations at the new airport.
He then explained that the previously announced date was the target schedule of completion by the contractor, and does not automatically translates to preparedness for full-blown operation of an international airport.
In an earlier media interview, Pamatpat said that aside from the terminal building and control tower, some of the unique features of the new airport include high-end and complete terminal facilities, 16 units of check-in counters, three baggage-handling counters, WIFI zone, and higher level of security measures, among others.
Pamatpat assured the public that they are doing their best to begin operations at the new airport on the earliest possible date.
The new airport is expected to boost the local tourism and economy of Puerto Princesa.