The Philippines is always teeming with tourists, old and new, all year round. It seems like people can’t get enough of the many facets that the country has to offer in terms of tourism; given the known Filipino hospitality, scenic historical spots, and the breathtaking views endowed by Mother Nature.
If one would talk about the travel Philippine destinations known around the world, sites in the province of Bohol will always be part of the top spot – with its Insta-worthy beaches, scrumptious delicacies, and its rich culture and heritage. One can just imagine how many travelers frequent the province’s lone airport.
To address the inevitable traveling woes due to the limitations of the current Tagbilaran Airport, the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport has been brought into fruition. During the last quarter of 2018, the operations in the former airport were already transferred to the new airport – which serves both as a challenge and a gift for the new year.
Looking into including Bohol in this year’s bucket list? Get to know the new airport’s quick facets that will surely make your travel to “God’s Little Paradise” worthwhile.
It is an International Airport
Airline travel to Bohol has been given the total makeover with this new feature — enabling more travelers not only from other regions but from other countries as well. To quote President Duterte’s remarks during its inauguration
It is the country’s first eco-airport
Tagged as the “Green Gateway to the World”, the infrastructure and facilities of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport incorporated environmental innovations and sustainable methods. With the construction and development led by a Japanese Consortium of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation, the eco-airport implements advanced Japanese technology.
According to the site Airport Technology, the new airport features “a photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will prevent pollution of the surrounding area through drainage during construction. Geotextile sheets will be used in the soaking yard to avoid the drainage water from seeping into the surroundings.” Aside from these, there is also the sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system. To be consistent with going green, energy-saving LED lights are also installed while the design allows natural lighting and ventilation in most public areas. “Air-conditioning will be powered by solar energy and will be available only in the pre-departure area.”
It is around 10 times bigger than the old airport
Gone are the days when people are cramped up in what seems like a tiny space in the 850 sqm area of Tagbilaran Airport. Bohol-Panglao International Airport’s 8,800 sqm lot will be a much bigger gateway and can better cater to more passengers, given that the former airport is the 11th busiest airport in the country.
It is “night-rated”
According to a report and in line with it catering to both domestic and international flights, the all-new airport allows flights during the evening, which was a limitation of the former airport.
It is strategically located near Bohol’s must-visit destinations
Since Tagbilaran is just 19 kilometers away from this new airport – where a mix of residential, commercial and business establishments and institutions are located – all the prime tourist spots are all accessible from this new site. It is also just six kilometers away from the municipality of Dauis, where interesting historical sites are located, and of course, it sits in Panglao where you can easily be in breathtaking beaches after a short while.
This much-needed development not only offers a more stress-free setting for travelers but can also lead to fruitful opportunities once the influx of more tourists progresses. We can all look forward to a tourism kick-off with this eco-friendly gateway – with the hopes of also jumpstarting awareness and practice towards preserving the environment.
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