New Catarman Airport will boost economic growth in northern Samar
OFFICIALS in northern Samar praised the major improvements to Catarman airport, which appear to boost the province’s economic development.
“These air transport improvements will encourage more tourist arrivals to northern Samar, boost local tourism and improve response during disasters or calamities,” Northern Samar vice-governor Gary Lavin told following the inauguration of the new airport last week.
Lavin, representing Governor Edwin Ongchuan and the provincial government, expressed his gratitude to Transport Secretary Arturo Tugade, Director General of Civil Aviation Captain Jim Sydiongco, local and national government officials for the development projects of the airport in the midst of the pandemic.
“The airport is essential to the economic growth of the province. We are honored that Secretary Tugade pushed for the completion of these development projects at Catarman airport. Although some repairs could have been undertaken years ago, they have already been damaged by typhoons, ”added Paul Daza, Congressman from the Northern Samar First District.
The completed works include the construction of a passenger terminal, the expansion of the airport apron, the construction of an additional taxiway, the construction of a perimeter fence, the filling of the dilapidated roadway apron, asphalt pavement and correction of the level of the runway shoulder.
The new Catarman airport can now accommodate two Q-400 turboprop planes and should further improve the management of commercial flights in Catarman and throughout the province, according to Tugade.
Of the previous 50 passengers, the project paved the way for the airport to now accommodate 150 at one time and 50,000 passengers per year.
With these improvements and developments, improved connectivity and mobility, as well as comfortable and convenient air travel will now be experienced in the capital, according to the transportation department.
“Let us be proud of these development projects and take care of them,” said Tugade, as he called for “concerted efforts to support the government’s project in the province.” (SunStar Philippines)