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Thursday, January 26, 2023

P17M Expansion building in Butuan Airport soon to open to public

BUTUAN CITY -- The expanded terminal building in Butuan Airport will open soon to the public, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Caraga on Wednesday (January 11) confirmed.

The P17-million airport infrastructure will widen the airport capacity and house one more airbus, CAAP Caraga Area Manager Evangeline F. Daba said.

"We also have the newly expanded terminal building that can accommodate three airbuses. Currently, we have the old building, which can accommodate two airbuses already plus the additional one,” the official added.

This makes the total airport capacity to 180 passengers.

According to Daba, the expansion is part of the programs the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has implemented under then-President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” flagship program which also focused on modernizing airports and seaports all over the country.

An ocular inspection is slated this month before the turnover and soft opening. Airport management is yet to identify additional airport facilities that can fit into the 40-square-meter terminal building for added convenience to the flying public.

Butuan Airport first marked its modernization efforts with the inauguration of the Malasakit Hall in 2021, a one-stop-shop transient spot furnished with a clinic, childcare room, non-sectarian praying room, lounge, and food and souvenir stores.

Currently they are working on building a new control tower in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Butuan.

The modernization also came with heightened security measures, with more security personnel manning the airport, as well as tighter implementation of airport protocols. To the flying passengers, Daba quipped, “CAAP is to serve, to give comfort to the passenger. We are not also compromising the safety, we also have the security kaya I hope they understand the screening process and dapat maaga silang dumating. I hope the public will understand that.” (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)