16 December 2018
Antique–Philippine Airlines (PAL) has launched its inaugural flight to Antique Airport today, December 16. PAL’s flight PR 2205 took off from Clark International Airport and landed at the Western Visayas airport on Sunday morning. The aircraft was welcomed with a water canon salute.
PAL’s service to Antique will start with two flights a week (Tuesdays and Sundays) and could increase depending on the demand.
In preparation for Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) inaugural flight to the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has completed the construction of a canopy for arriving passengers, the repainting of the runway apron markers, ramp markers, runway 36 and 18, and stop-way markers. Tall trees obstructing the airport’s flight path have also been cut off.
The airport’s runway has also been extended to 1.4 kilometers to help make it more viable for commercial aircraft landing and takeoff.
To further utilize Antique Airport for commercial operations, the CAAP will also commence the new Antique Airport Development Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on the same day. The project, involving the construction of a passenger terminal building (PTB), admin building, powerhouse, VPA, staff house, perimeter and security fence, and new apron and taxiway, with a budget of Php 343.059 million (CY 2018) has been bid out last November 29, 2018.
DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo, DepEd Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla, DOT Asst. Secretary for Tourism Development and Planning Roberto Alabado III, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran, PAL Corporate Communications Vice President Jose Enriquez Perez de Tagle, PAL Senior Assistant Vice President for Philippine Sales Harry Inoferio, CAAP Deputy Director General for Operation Donaldo Mendoza and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco attended the inaugural flight send-off and groundbreaking ceremonies.
Since 2016, improvements for the airport has been undergoing. Among the completed projects include the Php 10 million (CY 2016) Runway Extension and Shoulder Grade Correction project and the Php 40 million (CY 2017) Runway Asphalt Overlay, Runway Joints resealing, Asphalt Paved Runway Scarifying, and Shoulder Grade Correction project.
Situated at the province’s capital of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique Airport, also known as Evelio Javier Airport, is a principal class 2 airport and the only airport serving the province of Antique.