Philippines working towards two new airports in Mindanao.

Reports in the Philippines say that the Department of Transport (DOTr) has re-confirmed that they are working towards completion of two new airport developments on the southern island of Mindanao.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro has stated that the construction of a new airport in Zamboanga City would cost US$290 million and a smaller airport in Barangay Tawantawan will cost US$3 million.

Government funds have already been passed to Zamboanga City for the acquisition of the “New Zamboanga International Airport” site in Barangay Mercedes, but actual construction has not yet started. Zamboanga City does also have an existing international airport located in Moret Field in Barangay Canelar, but the project to build a new airport is part of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

The new airport will feature a new passenger terminal, six jet bridges, and a modern control tower and will have a 3.4km runway to accommodate large aircraft.

At the Central “Mindanao Airport Development Project” in Barangay Tawantawan, the construction of a new taxiway and an apron expansion is already underway and is 26% complete.

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