The Philippines’ newest airport – the New Bohol Airport – has started to welcome flights and will replace the current airport in Tagbilaran.
Located southwest of Tagbilaran on a 220-hectare site on Panglao Island, the new airport worth around PHP 8.9 billion (USD $170 million) is designed to handle around 2 million passengers per year – more than double the capacity of the Tagbilaran Airport. Along with the shift of flights, the new airport will use the existing International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code “TAG” of the old airport.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the old airport in Tagbilaran was decommissioned this evening (Tuesday, November 27), as the major Philippine-based carriers - Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippines AirAsia – made announcements on social media and press releases to notify customers about the move of operations to the New Bohol Airport. Flights to the new airport will commence on Wednesday, November 28.
Touted as the country’s “first eco-airport,” the design of the terminal building features green and sustainable structures, such as solar panels and motion sensor lighting. Observable features include separate departure halls for international and domestic flights, check-in gates for persons with disabilities (PWD), and immigration counters for international arrivals.
The province of Bohol has become one of the major attractions in the Philippines as an eco-tourism destination. Among the attractions in the province include the Chocolate Hills formations, diving in Panglao Island, and the Philippine tarsiers.
For travelers, Bohol is connected by the major Philippine carriers to the major hubs of Manila and Cebu. The airport also welcomes international flights from Seoul-Incheon operated by Philippine Airlines. Other domestic flights from Bohol include routes to Clark, Caticlan (Boracay), Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.