Siargao airport rehab project nears completion

The Siargao airport in Surigao del Norte is nearing completion after failing to open in the first quarter of this year, the Transportation and Communications department said.

The P197-million airport rehabilitation project included the runway’s extension to accommodate bigger aircraft. Transportation Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza said once reopened, the airport will be able to service flights direct from Manila in addition to its present Cebu link.

At present, tourists going to the island have to come from several drop-off points due to the lack of daily flights. Improvements in the airport have been undertaken since 2005, but only the apron expansion and taxiway have so far been completed. The turnaround pad, security fence and parking area costing P29.82 million are due for completion in December. (Business World)

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