By Glen S. Ramos
CLARK, Pampanga – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur M. Tugade today announced that the Bicol International Airport will start its commercial operation on Friday, October 8, 2021.
“After 11 years of delay, the Bicol International Airport will be starting its operation with a state-of-the-art contactless feature for effortless passenger experience and making airport travel safe, and convenient, according to Tugade.,” Tugade stated.
“This is a promise fulfilled to Bicolanos. Despite the challenges and setbacks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, natupad natin na by October tapos na ang Bicol International Airport,” Tugade said during his inspection of the BIA along with Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Sunday, 3 October 2021.
Meanwhile, according to CAAP Chief of Staff and Airport Salcedo Projects Team Head Danjun Lucas, passengers can check-in without any face-to-face interaction as Contactless Common Use Self Service Kiosks are available at the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Ground Floor Check-in Lobby.
“We tapped the service provider of the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga to maximize the same high-technology features as the CRK, which is equipped for contactless baggage handling and food ordering system,” Atty. Lucas said.
At present, the passenger terminal building of the Bicol International Airport is 97.28 percent complete.
Once operational, the BIA can accommodate a total of two (2) million passengers annually and is expected to boost Bicol Region’s air traffic.
Tugade stressed that the BIA will serve as a backbone of economic growth in the Bicol Region as it will generate employment and stimulate business, and local and international tourism activities. (ai/mtvn)