Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday for securing the requirements needed in the expansion of Iloilo International Airport.
Yesterday, Arroyo acknowledged the efforts made by CAAP to finally push for the extension of the airport as she was informed that the project will proceed after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) had signed the agreement on Thursday.
“I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for finally getting the green light to start the expansion of the Iloilo International Airport,” Arroyo said.
Recalling her time as president, she said that the Iloilo airport was made in 2007 with the vision of carrying only 1.2 million passengers a year.
But with the continuous growth and development in the country, it is currently transporting 2.4 million passengers which forces the government to provide “much needed expansion.”
“With the signing of the CAAP Board Resolution granting the Original Proponent Status (OPS) to the unsolicited proponent for the expansion of the Iloilo airport, the CAAP may now proceed to subject the proposal to a Swiss Challenge,” Arroyo said.
“It is one step closer to bringing comfort, safety and convenience to one of the busiest airports in the country. Again my congratulations to CAAP,” she ended.