After 13 years of delay, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) is finally making great headway, with the DOTr reporting that the construction of the P4.978-billion airport is now 79.74% complete. After more than a decade of delay, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
One of the key industries in any country is its aviation industry. As a country very well known for tourism, the Philippines gains a lot for the economy through travelers coming to visit, which is why it is of great importance that we have the facilities needed to keep tourists coming.
As of April 19, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) is already at 79.74% overall progress rate. Package 2A of the airport development project, which covers the construction of landslide facilities and other buildings is at 93.71%; Package 2B, which covers the construction of the passenger terminal buildings (PTB), taxiways, drainages, and other site development works is at 64.61%.
The airport is poised to become the country’s “most scenic gateway”. Once completed, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) is expected to accommodate around 2 million passengers per year.
With this additional airport in the country, it will surely pave the way for the Philippines to accept more visitors and tourists. This will also be able to open opportunities for the people in the Bicol region with hopefully more jobs, businesses, and an increase in tourism. Albay is currently number 4 in domestic tourist arrivals according to Albay 2nd District Congressman, Joey Salceda.
The Bicol International Airport (BIA) is one of the flagship projects under the “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD” Infrastructure Program of the Duterte Administration.