The Marinduque Airport resumed on Thursday its commercial flight operations with the completed rehabilitation of its passenger terminal building and expanded runway.
In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the development of the airport will address the growing demand for commercial aviation service in the Southwestern Tagalog region.
“In making the Filipino life comfortable, as instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte, I want the farthest regions and the farthest provinces to be connected with one another, and integrated to Metro Manila. It is good that we put things in the right order,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the inauguration of the Marinduque Airport, located in the municipality of Gasan and the only airport serving the province.
Tugade said the DOTr will coordinate with the Department of Tourism, as the airport is seen to promote trade, economy and tourism in the province.
Cebu Pacific launched its inaugural flight last April 1, servicing Manila to Marinduque and vice versa. Flights will operate thrice a week during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
The Marinduque Airport will further undergo improvements which include the provision of a canal, power house, communal toilets, and the construction of a covered pathway and waiting areas until 2020.
Operating since 2010, the Marinduque Airport had its last regular commercial flight before rehabilitation in May 2013. (PNA)
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