According to a social media post by the Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Bicol International Airport is scheduled to be open for operation by the end of the year.
Touted as a “scenic gateway to the country,” the Philippine DOTr posted on Facebook the update on the project stating the completion rate stands at 62%. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2020.
The PHP 3.5 Billion project has been under construction since 2008 at Daraga, Albay Province which is 15 kilometers from the Mayon Volcano. Built to serve Legazpi and the Bicol Region, the new airport is designed to accommodate over 2 million passengers per year.
The area is currently served by Legazpi Airport and the province's economy primarily relies on agriculture with fast growing tourism and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services. Among the major attractions in the area include the Mayon Volcano, with the surrounding areas host various adventure sport activities.
With construction and development ongoing for 11 years, the original schedule for completion was 2014. However, delays in construction and an attack by alleged communist rebels on equipment used by contractors contributed to the delay in the airport's opening.