Palawan Go. Pepito Alvarez is pushing to upgrade the Taytay airport as an international gateway to attract more foreign and domestic tourists in the province.
The bilyonaryo made the announcement during the inauguration of the new P62.7 million regional airport in San Vicente, Palawan Thursday.
Alvarez said the new international airport would be longer than the SVA and would handle Airbus 8330s which could carry 290 passengers per flight from Europe directly to Palawan.
He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has evaluated and approved the site in Taytay for the proposed Abongan-Taytay International Airport.
?Tourists do not like to travel where they need to get down an aircraft, and then board another to travel. What they like is 10-20 minutes or a maximum of half an hour they are already in the beaches or resorts relaxing,? he said.
Palawan said the airport would complement the proposed 600-kilometer six-lane highway that would connect to the southern area.
?We are also doing the six-lane highway designed for 120 kilometers per hour speed, and we are proposing one more international airport in Taytay to service El Nido, Linapacan, Dumaran and Araceli towns,? he said.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said: ?In less than two years, we opened the international airport in Puerto Princesa and we opened San Vicente ? we are also assessing other areas for the possibility of constructing additional airports,? he said in a media conference following the inauguration.
Located west of the former Inandeng Airstrip, the SVA serves the country?s first ?Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone? along a 14-kilometer long beach facing the Imuruan Bay of the South China Sea. (PNA)