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Inauguration of Catarman Airport development projects happening on September 2

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In a bid to accommodate the increasing air transport demand in Northern Samar, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have completed, amid the pandemic, development projects in the Catarman Airport which will be inaugurated on Thursday, 02 September 2021.

DOTr Secretary Art Tugade will lead the inaugural ceremony along with CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco and several local government officials.

The completed development projects include the construction of a Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the expansion of the airport's apron, the construction of additional taxiway, construction of perimeter fence, re-blocking of the dilapidated apron pavement, asphalt overlay, and shoulder grade correction at the runway.

Aside from providing comfort and convenience to air travelers, Catarman Airport also serves as an alternate gateway in cases of emergencies and calamities. In 2013, Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the Visayas and damaged the Tacloban Airport, forcing Catarman Airport to augment and facilitate the transport of relief goods, medicines, and other commodities.

In 2015, the airport also sustained damages due to Typhoon Nona. Because of this, emergency rehabilitation projects had to be carried out and were recently finished. The airport’s PTB is also ensured to be sustainable and structurally stable following another strong storm that hit the province in 2019.

Moreover, the improvement of the Catarman Airport aims to help serve the growing local and foreign tourist arrivals in the region. Considering the tourism development potential of the province, the DOTr had recommended the upgrading of the existing Catarman Airport facilities.

From the previous 50, the airport's Passenger Terminal Building now has the capacity to accommodate 150 at any given time and 50,000 passengers annually.

With its completed rehabilitation works, Catarman Airport can now accommodate two (2) turboprop Q-400 aircraft and is expected to improve the handling of commercial flights in both Catarman and in the whole of Northern Samar.

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