The new and improved Kalibo International Airport, one of the gateway to Boracay Island, will be inaugurated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) tomorrow, June 03, 2021.
The airport development started last July 2018 and will now be unveiled tomorrow.
According to the DOTr, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director Jim Sydiongco, will lead the inauguration of the expanded International Passenger Terminal Building of the KIA.
"Noon ‘ho, dahil napakaliit at napakasikip ng Kalibo International Airport, halos siksikan at kabi-kabila ang hirap na narararanasan ng mga pasahero," Tugade said on his Facebook post.
(Before, due to the small and cramped space of the Kalibo International Airport, passengers experienced the difficulty of being cramped together.)
He added that the old terminal building could only accommodate few passengers, especially during peak hours.
After the upgrades on the airport, the terminal building of the KIA expanded to 2,633 sq. meters from 1,584 sq. meters.
Not only that, but the pre-departure area, Customs, immigration, pre-screening, and check-in counters also expanded to accommodate more passengers and make them feel comfortable while they await their flight.
The airport development project also gave way to boost the employment rate in the province amid the pandemic as more than 200 workers were given an opportunity to work during the expansion.
"Sa katunayan, habang nasa construction phase ang proyekto, umabot sa 236 na katao ang nabigyan ng trabaho, habang 316 naman ang kasalukuyan ay nagtatrabaho na sa paliparan," Tugade said.
(During the project's construction phase, around 236 people were given jobs while 316 people are currently working at the airport.)
Aklan is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) protocols until June 30, which allows domestic passengers depending on the type of traveler to travel in and out of the province.
Photo by: Art Tugade FB Page