Kalibo airport new terminal full opening on June 23
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
The old terminal building will be renovated to accommodate the increasing number of passengers at the Kalibo International Airport, said Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores / PHOTO BY BOY RYAN ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - The Kalibo International Airport opened its travel- friendly services in the new passenger terminal building on Tuesday afternoon.
The soft opening begun on June 15 with the transfer of operations of Cebu Pacific for incoming and outgoing flights to Manila. The Philippine Airlines and other local carriers will also start to transfer their domestic operations next week before the full opening.
"Philippine Airlines and Zest Air are expected to follow Cebu Pacific in the new terminal building to service regular flights. The airport will definitely offer a brand new travel experience with facilities are in place and ready to service the passengers," said Engr. Percy Malonesio of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) here.
Once fully operational, the two-storey airport terminal will meet the demand of several domestic and regional flights with its spacious arrival and departure areas, airline check-in counters, lounge, baggage screening, shops and kioks and a dedicated immigration and customs area.
Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores, for his part, said the Kalibo International Airport is gearing up for the full opening of the multi-million facility on June 23 to be graced by Department of Transportations and Communications (DoTC) chief Anneli Loctoc.
The solon said the new airport terminal is ready to handle the increasing number of passengers, especially foreigners for Boracay Island from South Korea, China and Taiwan. The airport, located in Barangay Pook, handles more than 600,000 passengers last year, data of CAAP showed.
Miraflores stressed the airport terminal underwent inspection and was given the go-ahead signal to open for commercial operations with domestic carrier Cebu Pacific. The old terminal building, he said, is to be renovated for domestic flights to ease congestion of the increasing number of passengers.
The Kalibo International Airport boasts of the busiest international flights in Western Visayas compared to other airports in the region. Regular and chartered flights from Incheon in South Korea, Shanghai in China, Hongkong, Taipei in Taiwan accommodated thousands of travelers during the holidays from Asian routes to the capital town of Kalibo.