The Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) has extended its operating hours after acquiring new navigational equipment that makes it possible for the aviation hub to accommodate night flights, the Department of Transport (DOTr) announced today.
The DOTr said in a statement that, since Sept. 1, the airport has extended its operating hours to 16 hours (6:00am to 10:00pm). Previously, BPIA only operated for 12 hours (6:00am to 6:00pm) since it first opened in November 2018.
BPIA’s new navigational equipment allows it to track flights as they land at and take off from the airport during the night. The DOTr believes that by extending the airport’s operating hours, airlines will offer additional flights going to and from Panglao, which could possibly make airfares cheaper.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the extension of BPIA’s operating hours will have a positive impact on the province.
“We do not just stop with building airports. We also continuously upgrade them to truly enhance the travel experience of Filipinos. The improvements we made here at BPIA will ultimately impact regional economic growth and development,” said Tugade.
The quality of airports in the Philippines leaves much to be desired. Manilla’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport had been rated the worst in the world in previous years and even the relatively new Mactan Cebu International Airport was submerged in floodwaters due to a heavy downpour in August of last year.