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DOTr: Bicol International Airport now 72.2% complete

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The Department of Transportation announced that the Bicol International Airport has already reached 72.2% progress rate.

“As of 13 Janury 2021, the Package 2A of the airport development project, which covers the construction of landside facilities and other buildings, is 88.2% complete,” the DOTr said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, 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 49.5% complete,” it added.

The department said that once completed, the airport is seen to serve a total of two million passengers every year, which will “surely boost air traffic and tourist arrivals in the region.”

“Envisioned to be a key infrastructure under the “BUILD, BUIILD, BUILD” program, the airport will pave way for the Albay province and the Bicol region to be transformed into an economic powerhouse, which will greatly benefit the Bicolaños for years ahead,” the DOTr said

According to the agency, the pre-feasibility study for the BIA started way back in 1996, and the Notice to Proceed was given in 2003.

The actual construction, on the other hand, only started in December 2016.