The new international Bohol Airport in Panglao – Philippines. Construction has started in June 2015. Scheduled completion in December 2017 or early 2018. The official operations with Philippines flights in 2018. Planned construction costs approx Php 7.4 billion (156 million USD).
The new Panglao Airport will replace the existing airport in Tagbilaran City – Bohol Island.
New international Bohol Airport in Panglao – Philippines
Some of the facilities at the new Panglao Airport:
- International and domestic check-in hall
- Pre-departure lounges
- International and domestic baggage claim areas
- Duty-free Shops, car rental, bank, airline ticketing office
The new Bohol airport will be built on a total surface of 216 ha (2.160.000 sqm) with a runway of 2000 m length (possible extension to 2500 m) by 45 meters wide. The passenger terminal building offers a floor area of about 8800 sqm. The airport is able to manage annually up to 1.7 million passengers.
By comparison: The Tagbilaran airport terminal has a floor area of 850 sqm and handles approximately 800,000 passengers a year. Check Tagbilaran Airport Hotels: Hotels near Tagbilaran Airport
The new airport passenger terminal comprises an 8,300 m² distributed in a single floor. The curved roof seems to float above the building. The large roof supernatant provides more comfort when arriving and departing guests. Planned very beautiful and perhaps inspired by the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
Update November 11, 2016
Construction of the Panglao airport terminal begins
The construction of the airport building starts with the foundations and steel-concrete work. Originally it was planned to build a single-story building. Due to the constantly growing traffic on the island, this plan has now been changed and the airport terminal will be built on two floors.
Looks good so far, but there were also some problems.
First was a problem with some deep sinkholes directly under the runway. But the holes have been successfully depressed, filled and compacted. The problem is thus solved and no further holes more were found. The project manager at the new Bohol airport assures that the runways are safe and also big commercial aircraft are no problem.
Another problem is a newly discovered coral structure in the airport area. These corals must be taken into consideration that it entails more work. Due to these problems, the commissioning of the airport will be delayed. Originally planned opening was 2017/2018. According to recent reports, Panglao Airport will be operational in June 2018.
Update May 18, 2017
The construction work is now proceeding rapidly. It is worked day and night to meet the opening date of mid-2018. The runways are being prepared, and you can see the airport terminal, the fire station, and control center. Here are some pictures from May 2017:
In 2018 the destination is hopefully Panglao International Airport. Until then, buy cheap tickets to Manila:
Bohol Guide will inform you about the further progress of construction. And of course again with the latest images.