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By 2025, Tacloban wants an international airport.

According to a representative of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport will be upgraded and upgraded until it is an international airport by the year 2025.

According to CAAP Eastern Visayas Area Manager Danilo Abarreta in an interview on Tuesday, the facility will upgrade its status from a major domestic airport to an international airport by 2025 with the help of funds available for development this year and a commitment from the national government to pour in more budget in the future.

With a PHP731.6 million budget, Phase 1 of the new passenger terminal building is already 47.41 percent finished. According to CAAP, the project’s second phase would begin early this year with a budget of PHP700 million.

“The development of the terminal building will cost a total of PHP1.96 billion. It can hold 1,670 passengers and will be 36,298.98 square meters in size. According to Abarreta, the building’s design was influenced by the San Juanico Bridge and the city’s coastal mountainous scenery combined with Taklub fishcage.

There are 600 seats available in the current passenger terminal building, which was renovated following Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

The building already has the funding it needs to be finished, including the PHP1.42 billion release for 2023 that the Department of Budget and Management has previously declared.

According to Abarreta, the control tower structure’s initial phase of development, costing PHP49.9 million, is already finished. The second phase, which will see the installation of communication equipment for PHP17.73 million, is ready for implementation.

The budget for purchasing a 131,539 square meter land is already set aside for this year, the source said. As a result, the runway’s length can be increased from 2.1 kilometers to 2.5 kilometers. In 2024, the runway extension project will be put into action.

According to Abarreta, the medium-term objective is to comply with international runway length criteria by 2025 in order to handle international flights.

The new access road to the airport costing PHP46 million was just finished by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The Department of Transportation wants, among other things, to finish building the new taxiway leading to the new apron, extend the current runway, establish 200-meter end safety zones on both ends, and operationalize the new terminal building and control tower between 2023 and 2027.

With 36 flights each day between Manila and Cebu, the DZR Airport is one of the busiest in the nation.

With 975,127 million passengers traveling in and out as of September 2022, the airport in the regional hub was the 7th busiest in the nation. Compared to the other eight international airports in the nation, the airport is busier.

The airport, which is named after former House of Representatives speaker Daniel Z. Romualdez, is the principal entry point between Manila and Cebu to Eastern Visayas. It is situated in the San Jose neighborhood of the city.

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