Airport News - Kalibo International Airport
MANILA, Philippines — The tourist-packed Kalibo Airport in Panay Island will soon get its much needed facilities upgrade and runway expansion after the government has allotted P150 million for the improvement of the gateway to the world-famous Boracay Island.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said that Malacañang has approved the budget allocation to expand the facilities of Kalibo Airport to make it responsive to the demands of rising tourist arrivals.

Roxas made the announcement the same day that an Airphil Express Airbus A320 plane carrying more than 140 people from Manila overshot the runway after landing at the Kalibo airport. Although the plane overshot the runway by 60 meters or 200 feet, no one aboard the plane was injured, authorities said. 

Roxas said that Kalibo’s existing runway has limited the airport’s ability to accommodate as much flights and as much bigger aircrafts as the nearby Caticlan Airport.“Currently, the airport’s apron can accommodate three planes only at a time. The airplanes have to circle and wait before they can land in the airport,” he said.If the Kalibo Airport accommodates at least 25 flights with its current size and facilities, Roxas said that additional flights to Aklan can be made once the airport’s runway is extended and the passenger terminal is expanded.“The P150 million budget will be spent on the expansion of the apron and the passenger terminal facility so that it can accommodate as much tourists as they come,” he added.

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