Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gov’t Continues KIA Improvement

The administration of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III continues the improvement of the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) as one of the major tourism gateways in the country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Engr. Percy Malonesio, CAAP-Kalibo chief said in an interview that the officials from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) have informed him of the remaining budget for the improvement of the KIA.

"I was told that there is certain budget left at the DOTC for the improvement of the KIA. DOTC officials told me that the remaining budget allocations will all be used according to its purpose," Malonesio said.

The airport is currently undergoing development such as the construction of the terminal building, extension of runway, access roads, improvement of old and new terminal buildings, construction of elevated runway and vehicle parking area, asphalt overlay of runway, extension of apron and construction of drainage canal, expansion of terminal building, rehabilitation and repair of old passenger terminal building.

The DOTC considers KIA as one of the top 10 airports in the country to be improved into international standard. KIA directly receives international flights from Korea, China and Taiwan.

Most of the passengers of direct flights from foreign countries are bound for Boracay Island resort.

The KIA also caters to domestic flights being serviced by the Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Zest Air. (PNA) /MP

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