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Bicol International Airport now 68% complete, says DOTr

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The Bicol International Airport is on track for its completion, the Department of Transportation announced.

“The BIA, which has been dubbed as the country’s ‘Most Scenic Gateway,’ due to its proximity to the iconic and majestic Mayon Volcano, now stands at 68% overall progress rate,” the DOTr said.

After almost 11 years of delay, the current status of the BIA project as of September 3 is as follows: Package 2A, covering the construction of landside facilities and other buildings, is 83% complete; and Package 2B, covering the construction of the PTB and runway extension, as well as the construction of the taxiway, drainage, and other site development works, is 38% complete.

“Slated to be completed within the year, the airport is expected to welcome two million passengers every year, which will beef up air traffic and tourist arrivals in the region,” said the DOTr.

According to th department, the opening of the airport will make Albay an “economic powerhouse.”

“Once fully operational, this airport is envisioned to be a major factor in transforming Albay province, and the Bicol region into an economic powerhouse,” it said.