PNoy Groundbreaks Roxas City Airport Devít Project
President Aquino lowered the time capsule to signal the start of the two major upgrades to the Roxas City Airport, namely the expansion and improvement of the passenger terminal building and the extension of the runway.
He was assisted by Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General William Hotchkiss III.
President Aquino said that the government appropriated P215-million budget for the asphalt overlay and extension of the runway, installation of night landing facilities, acquisition of new fire trucks and improvement of the passenger terminal building.
He said that after the completion of said development project, more passengers will be accommodated here, expectedly from 419 passengers to 797 passengers per day.
The President said the project will further boost the tourism industry as well as the economic growth of Roxas City and the province of Capiz.
The Roxas City Airport Development Project, particularly on the expansion and improvement of the passenger terminal building and the extension of the runway has a combined approved budget from contract of P48.1 million.
According to CAAP officials, the passenger terminal building expansion project will increase the existing 875 square meter terminal’s area by 626 square meters that will bring up the total floor area to 1,501 square meters that will also bump up its design capacity from 153,000 to 291,000 passengers per year.
The runway extension project will lengthen the runway from 1,890 to 2,010 meters, the CAAP said, pointing out that the additional 120 meters will improve the safety of the Airbus A30 aircraft operating in the airport.
The realization of the city’s airport project was made possible during the incumbency of Roxas when he was still the secretary of DOTC.
Capiceños hope that with the upgrading of the airport here will result in better services, more tourists, as well as economic growth.
The project is in line with the mission of the DOTC to support the initiatives and programs of the Aquino administration by providing effective, efficient and secure infrastructure in the transportation and communications sectors.