Airport expansion set to boost Palawan tourism

The expansion of Puerto Princesa International Airport on the Philippine island of Palawan is set to provide a huge boost to the archipelagic province’s tourism industry.

An extended 2,600-metre-long runway at the airport, which can handle twin-aisle aircraft, means that more opportunities exist for travellers to discover the island’s exotic wildlife and picturesque scenery.

A larger terminal building covering 13,000m², as well as a new car park, cargo building, taxiways, aircraft parking bays and navigation facilities, are all part of the latest developments.

Capacity at the airport is set to reach 1.9 million passengers a year thanks to the $88 million (c. £66 million) upgrade, helping to meet growing demand.

Demand for flights to the island has increased dramatically in recent years and the airport is now served by five airlines including Air Juan, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express and AirAsia Philippines.

Last year, the airport welcomed its first international flight following Philippine Airline’s new direct service to Taipei.

Cebu Pacific – who connect the island to Cebu, Iloilo and Manila – have welcomed the expansion and believe the Puerto Princesa International Airport is now a world class facility.

 “This is expected to boost trade and tourism even more in the Palawan region. We are positive that with this expansion, we will be able to help achieve the government’s goal of increasing tourist arrivals to Palawan,” said Atty JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

The island currently attracts more than one million tourists a year, who are eager to relax on the tropical beaches and visit the UNESCO-listed Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Last year saw the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine vote Palawan as the best island in the world for a second consecutive time – those who voted described it as “every beach lover’s dream destination”.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 05 May 2017

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