The Regional Project Monitoring Committee headed by the RPMC Chairman, Atty. Romeo C. Escandor conducted a site visit inspection of the Puerto Princesa airport development project on September 3, 2015.
The $82.9M project was awarded to Kumho Industrial Co. Ltd.-GS Engineering and Construction joint venture (Kumho-GS) for the construction of Puerto Princesa airport. The contract includes the construction of a new passenger and cargo building, apron, taxiways and navigation facilities. The project aims to enhance the quality of airport services in Palawan and expand the international airport’s capacity to address growing air traffic and the safety of air transport as compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
It also aims to revitalize the transport and trade linkages under the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Assisted by the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), the new airport is designed to accommodate 2 million passengers per annum with the peak passenger flow of 690 passengers per hour.
Puerto Princesa airport, considered as the biggest investment in the region to date, is designed to be a world class international airport. The Korean contractor has high hopes for the Puerto Princesa airport and looks forward for its completion. Once completed, it will be the landmark for the province of Palawan.
The project started on August 2014 and expected to be completed by January 2017.