The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are set to inaugurate the P62.7 million San Vicente Airport on Thursday.
Expected to grace the event are DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
The San Vicente Airport Development Project’s construction began in 2009, aiming to provide more flights and routes for air passengers traveling in Palawan, and help boost the country’s first Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone.
It officially opened to light aircraft on June 22, 2017, while charter flights from Air Juan was launched on August 2017.
San Vicente, a first-class municipality of nearly 31,000 inhabitants, is located 186 kilometers north of the provincial capital. An emerging tourism destination, it is well known for its 14-kilometer beach.
Once finally opened for commercial flights following the inauguration, the municipal government expects a major boost in the town’s tourism industry, which already drew some 26,000 visitors in 2017.