THE construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA), which is tagged as the “Most Scenic Gateway” in the country, is moving at an exceptionally fast pace.
This, after Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade ordered for 24/7 construction works, and to do what is necessary to ensure faster completion of the project.
Currently, the construction work at the BIA has been recorded at 74.132 percent overall progress rate, considering that the actual construction of the airport only started in December 2016.
As of February 3, 2021, Package 2A of the BIA development project is 89.784% complete.
Construction works in Package 2A cover the airport’s landside facilities, such as the administration building, air traffic control building, crash fire rescue building and the maintenance building.
On the other hand, Package 2B of the airport project is now 52.699 percent complete. Package 2B, covers the construction of the passenger terminal building (PTB), taxiway, runway extension, and other site development works.
Once completed, the BIA, which features the iconic Mayon Volcano as its magnificent backdrop, is expected to serve a total of 2 million airline passengers every year. The new international airport is also projected to boost air traffic in the region as soon as economic activities are fully revived, most especially tourism and commerce.