Sunday, July 1, 2018

DOTr, CAAP to Inaugurate Maasin Airport's New Passenger Terminal

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is set to inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building of the Maasin Airport on July 2, 2018.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade will lead the inauguration with DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco.

The airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) aims to upgrade the airport from a community airport to a standard Principal Class 2 airport, so that it can meet increasing air transport demands. 

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the Maasin Airport Project is expected to enhance the city’s economic accessibility. 

“Gusto natin inclusive growth, kaya kung mapapansin ninyo, agresibo tayo sa pag-implement ng mga proyekto sa mga probinsya. Gaya nitong bagong terminal ng Maasin airport na siguradong makakatulong sa economic activity ng Leyte,” he said.

Maasin Airport is one of the community airports under the CAAP National Airport System, and is the only airport serving the region of Southern Leyte.

In 2013, Maasin Airport served as a backup entry point for relief goods and medicine deliveries during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda— proving its capability and potential to serve as an alternate airport to Tacloban City’s Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.

Local officials of Leyte, led by Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and Vice Governor Atty. Carlo Loreto, together with Maasin Mayor National V. Mercado and Vice Mayor Maloney L. Samaco will also be present at the inauguration.

A budding city discovering its potentials, Maasin City’s attractions include the eco-treat of Cagnituan - a huge subterranean cave, cool waterfall, and a refreshing lagoon; an 18th century church which is a pilgrimage site, while its neighboring towns are known for dive sites.

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