Maasin, Leyte – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) inaugurated the newly-built Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of Maasin Airport in Panan-awan, Maasin City, Leyte on July 2, 2018 (Monday).

The opening ceremony was attended by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, and officials from the Local Government Unit of Southern Leyte and Maasin.

Having considered the tourism development potential in the region of Southern Leyte, as well as the increase in air transport demand, the DOTr recommended the upgrading of the existing Maasin Airport Facilities from Community Airport to a standard Principal Class 2 Airport.

It is projected that around 20,000-50,000 tourists will visit Maasin City by 2020, and with the aid of an improved airport facility, the city will now be ready to accommodate the arrivals better.

The construction project was completed last March 2017, with a total cost of Php 57.889M. The new Passenger Terminal Building aims to serve more passengers to expand the area’s tourism industry, and to comply with the international standards for operational safety and efficiency.

Maasin Airport also served as backup entry point for relief goods and medicine deliveries during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013, proving its capability and potential to serve as an alternate airport to Tacloban City’s Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport. Last year, Maasin Airport accommodated a total of 1,595 passengers. It is one of the community airports under the CAAP National Airport System and is also the only airport in Southern Leyte.