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Region 8 is pleased with the development of Tacloban airport under Marcos SONA.

The Tacloban airport’s regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s declaration to construct more international airports in the nation will hasten its development.

The airport in the city is among the top 10 busiest in the nation outside of Metro Manila, according to Karina Rosa Tiopes, regional director of DOT Eastern Visayas, yet it is still regarded as a domestic airport.

Furthermore, we are the only airport on that list that isn’t categorized as an international airport. We are hopeful that all of the infrastructure needs will be met quickly as a result of the President’s comments, Tiopes said in a phone interview.

The main entry point from Manila and Cebu to Eastern Visayas is the airport that bears President Marcos’ uncle Daniel Z. Romualdez’s name. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has designated it as a Class 1 primary (major domestic) airport (CAAP).

According to CAAP data, the airport had 519,158 inbound and outgoing passengers in 2021, making it the sixth busiest airport overall.

Compared to other international airports like those in Iloilo, Butuan, Zamboanga, and Bohol, the airport has more travelers.

Marcos urged his tourism and public works chiefs to improve travel convenience for tourists and provide them easier access to off-the-beaten-path destinations in his State of the Nation Address.

“We will prioritize making fundamental improvements, like as repaving roads to make it simpler to reach tourist destinations, in order to grow our tourism business. To help relieve the backlog at the Manila International Airport, we will also enhance our airports and build more international airports, he added.

According to a report published by the Regional Development Council, work on the Tacloban City Airport’s control tower structure was finished in 2021.

Although the control tower building’s construction is complete, the current project contract does not contain any of the components necessary to fully operationalize the facility, such as the provision of additional instruments, electrical features, or other equipment.

In order to ensure that the control tower is fully operational in time for the new terminal building to be finished, which is expected this year, the RDC stated that the Department of Transportation has been looking into providing the necessary funding support for the lacking building features and control tower accessories and instruments.

The national government has made multiple announcements to update the city’s airport over the course of the last three administrations.

The new terminal building and airport control tower were two of the projects that got underway under the Duterte administration.

Currently, the airport has a communications tower, an administrative building, and a single-story terminal building. The departure and arrival areas are housed in the terminal’s single-story building.

The construction of the Tacloban airport has been delayed since it and the Bacolod-Silay Airport were first designated for funding under a Japan International Cooperation Agency yen loan package in 1999.

While the Tacloban airport project was abandoned in September 2008 due to a shortage of funding, the new Bacolod airport was finished in January 2008.

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