Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued today notice to airmen (NOTAM- CO161/17) opening Surigao Airport for commercial operations effective today, 6:00 am. February 23,2017.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade together with DOTr Assistant Secretary Leah Quiambao, Under Secretary Artemio Tuazon and CAAP officials flew in yesterday at the Surigao airport to inspect the partially renovated runway and checks on the progress of repairs of the damaged airport terminal complex.
CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations Capt. Manuel Antonio “Skee” Tamayo said that a 1000-meter length out of 1700-meter Surigao Airport runway was declared usable and safe for aircraft operations.
Currently, PalExpress and Cebu Pacific are operating on the said airport using their turbo propeller aircraft type like Q4 and ATR’s.
Tamayo said that coring test on the runway and sub surface soil exploration survey was conducted by DPWH-CARAGA and CAAP technical team since February 15,2017.
He said that a 24/7 repairs and rehabilitation of the damaged portions of the airport complex are on effect. Tamayo added that by estimate, it would take 4 months to complete the renovation of the airport terminal and 9 months to fully restore the 1700-meter runway.
Surigao Airport was declared close for operations last February 11,2017 after a strong earthquake with 6.7 magnitude hit Surigao del Norte that partially damaged the concrete 1700-meter runway.