DOTr-CAAP Press Release
09 May 2019
ORMOC, LEYTE – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade today leads the inspection of improvements made in Ormoc Airport.
Joining the transportation chief at the inspection are Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, DOTr Undersecretary for Finance Garry de Guzman, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, and CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration Ricardo Banayat.
Located in Barangay Airport in Ormoc City, the airport’s total area has been expanded from 150 to 1,350 square meters.
Developments include the renovation of the passenger terminal building that was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, as well as the construction of the CAAP administration building.
The PhP 34-million rehabilitation project began on 01 February 2018 and was completed in only four months on 31 May 2018. The project was implemented by the DOTr together with the DPWH.
As the renovated PTB is set to accommodate more passengers, so is the airport runway for larger aircraft.
The Ormoc Airport’s 2,042m x 36m runway will go through developments with the ongoing PhP 82-million asphalt overlay and strip grade correction project, now at 61% completion rate; and a PhP 55-million runway widening project, which has a 2020 target completion date.
The government is actively pushing for developments in Ormoc to help boost not only the city’s but also Leyte province’s trade, economy, and tourism. Ormoc City is home to natural tourist sites such as Lake Danao, Tongonan Hot Springs National Park, and Alto Peak, the highest mountain in Eastern Visayas.
The 41-hectare airport, classified as Principal Class 2 by the CAAP, catered to 1,267 passengers from Air Juan and Cebu Pacific and accommodated 80,244 aircraft operations, including general aviation, in 2018.