PTC tackles City Airport congestion

PTC tackles City Airport congestion

The need to find measures on how to decongest the Tagbilaran City Airport topped the  initial concerns of the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) amid  the possibilities of a month-long closure of the airport due to the  projected repair of certain portions of the runway.

However, the closure possibility was categorically denied by General Manager Ed Costes of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Phils (CAAP) when called by Gov. Edgar Chatto last Friday.  (see separate story).

Chairman Lucas Nunag  who presided  over the PTC Execom meeting last Thursday stressed that the airport being the “gateway” to Bohol should be given much attention especially that congestion of passengers, vehicles and planes at the tarmac has started to generate criticisms from visiting tourists. He was alarmed when informed that the airport now accommodates an average of 2,000 passengers daily considering that there are already nine daily flights to and from Manila.

Tagbilaran Airport Manager Edgar Solis who was invited to attend the PTC execom meeting confirmed that there is a pending runway repair.  He likewise confirmed of the  renovation of the terminal building slated to commence next month.

The PTC meeting likewise called the attention of the CAAP manager in addressing the heavy traffic on the road leading to the entrance of the airport where vehicles are parked on both sides of the road.

Reacting to this, Solis explained that the traffic outside the gate is not within the CAAP jurisdiction but with the traffic management of the city PNP.

On top of this, the council cited the complaints of passengers on the humid check-in areas where people have to sweat it out while waiting for their turn to be checked in.

Solis admitted that the existing air-conditioning units are not  cold enough to maintain the temperature considering the congestion of passengers especially between 9:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Commenting on this, the CAAP manager told the PTC execom  that seven brand new  5-tonner air conditioning units are already ready for shipment from Manila. The local CAAP will work out for the acquisition of bigger transformers in order to ensure a stable power supply at the terminal building considering the load capacity.

The PTC is endorsing the request of the local CAAP for the total ban on parking of vehicles on the road leading to the gate of the airport. This is also coupled with the proposal to provide a clear and clean walkway for passengers to reach the corner of Aquino highway. In fact, a covered walk for passengers will be a welcome proposal, according to Nunag,

The issues and concerns regarding the City Airport will be discussed further during a meeting at the Bohol Tropics tomorrow where Gov. Edgar Chatto, Rep. Rene Relampagos, CAAP Manager Solis and representatives of the city government will be invited to attend.

The tourism council expressed deep concern over the existing condition of the City Airport considering that the proposed New Bohol Airport in Panglao would still take no less than three to five years before its completion.

The PTC expressed its gratitude to both Gov. Chatto and Rep. Relampagos who are consistent in their efforts to improve the existing airport especially that Bohol will be hosting the Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibook Kalibutan (TBTK) this coming May.



CAAP Manager Solis told the Chronicle during an interview yesterday that the P32 million renovation project is slated to start next month once the project will be awarded to the winning bidder

The renovation is given 3 months to be completed as he assured that the pre-departure area will become bigger in time for the hosting of the Tiguim Bol-anon sa Tibook Kalibutan (TBTK) in May this year

Instead of just accommodating 240 passengers at the existing departure area, the renovation project will allow the terminal to accommodate 500 passengers since the second floor will converted into a departure area, aside from the existing area at the ground floor. In fact, the entrance to the second floor departure area will now be facing Cionverge Restaurant.



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