Airport upgrade to boost trade for Mindanao province

23 Aug 2009

A major upgrade is underway at Bongao airport in the island province of Tawi-Tawi in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines.

The airport’s runway has already been upgraded and extended to accommodate larger aircraft. The airport will also have new passenger terminal facilities that will be equipped with baggage conveyors and x-ray machines.

Abdelnooh K Hadjirul, president of the Tawi-Tawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the airport upgrade would give Tawi-Tawi’s emerging aquaculture and eco-tourism industries a competitive advantage.

Airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines are expected to service the province.

Currently, only South East Asian Airlines services Tawi-Tawi, with only one route from Zamboanga in Mindanao.

Kenny Coyle

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