The City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan is where you will find not only world-class, but the most environmental-friendly international airport in the country, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
“It is the greenest airport in the Philippines, based on its design”, according to Engr. Gil Pamatmat, Airport Development Project Manager of DOTr. The new airport will follow the program that requires facilities to reduce carbon footprint.
The terminal building has been designed more unique than other airports because of its transparent roofing, thus saving more electricity.
The parking area, which has a slot for over 200 cars, maintained the century old acacia trees in the area. The airport has plants that use less water, for better conservation.
The Puerto Princesa International Airport was recently inaugurated by the DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. He was joined by dignitaries from the Korean Embassy represented by His Excellency Ambassador Kim Kae-Shin, who led the blessing, ribbon cutting and unveiling of markers.
Local officials, led by Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Luis Marcaida III, special guests and aviation stakeholders witnessed the momentous events heralding the opening of a bigger, modern airport terminal complex that has a floor area of 13,000 sq. meters and seating capacity of 1,500.
The new airport has a 2,600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft like an airbus A330 (seating capacity – 400 pax) and six parking bays.
It also has a state of the art air navigation system, such as the instrument landing system, automated weather observing system and VHF omni directional radio range that comply with international standards, enhancing the airport’s safety operations.
The airport will have an annual capacity of about 2 million passengers and will further boost tourism sector in Palawan and the country as well.
The DOTr awarded a US$ 82.9 million design-and-build contract for the Puerto Princesa airport to Korea’s Kumho Industrial Co. Ltd. – GS Engineering and Construction Joint Venture (Kumho-GS).
The government of the Philippines and Export-Import Bank of Korea agreed that the expansion of the Puerto Princesa airport project would be financed by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) loan.