The Ormoc Airport is expected to handle more passengers and larger aircraft after being expanded from 150 to 1,350 square meters.
The airport’s passenger terminal building was also renovated after it was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) administration building was built as part of the P34-million rehabilitation project that began on 1 February 2018 and completed on 31 May 2018.
The project was implemented by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
DoTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade led the inspection of improvements in the airport on Thursday.
Joining Tugade were Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, DoTr Undersecretary for Finance Garry de Guzman, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, and CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration Ricardo Banayat.
The improvements made in the airport are borne out of the consistent push of the local government, through it’s congresswoman, Lucy Torres-Gomez, according to Tugade.
The government is actively pushing for developments in Ormoc to help boost not only the city’s but also Leyte province’s trade, economy, and tourism. Ormoc City is home to natural tourist sites such as Lake Danao, Tongonan Hot Springs National Park, and Alto Peak, the highest mountain in Eastern Visayas.
The 41-hectare airport, classified as Principal Class 2 by the CAAP, catered to 1,267 passengers from Air Juan and Cebu Pacific and accomodated 80,244 aircraft operations, including general aviation, in 2018.