The rehabilitation and expansion of the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) in Aklan is set to begin on Monday, July 2. It is being seen as an effort to improve the travel experience of passengers at KIA.
The refurbishment project, worth P17.9 million, was awarded to a bidder earlier in June, said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in a statement.
Priority projects in the KIA rehabilitation include the refurbishment of existing passenger terminal building, the repainting of the international passenger terminal building interiors, landside beautification through landscaping, electrical system and air conditioning system rewiring, and the enhancement of railings and barricades. Other major developments for the airport’s expansion include the re-blocking of apron pavement targeted to commence on September 4, runway strip grade correction starting on November 22, and the construction of a power house on November 24, stated a Manila Standard report.
KIA is one of the two airports serving the island of Boracay, which was closed to tourists for 6 months starting April 26. The CAAP said it will maximize the closure period, which has led to subsequent reduction in flights, to fix KIA.
“The traffic and passenger movement cutback due to the ongoing Boracay Island closure from April until October this year will significantly allow several projects to be put into action,” said the CAAP.