Newly Built Bicol International Airport Fully Opened in Philippines
After 12 years of construction at a cost of approximately PHP4 billion, Bicol International Airport (“BIA”) in Daraga, Albay, has opened doors to serve domestic daytime and night flights starting from 7 October and 7 November 2021, respectively. The Department of Transportation stated that President Rodrigo Duterte expects to lead the first international airport facility south of Manila. The president announced that the facility would be ready for international flights this year, subject to airlines’ submission for International Civil Aviation review. Once BIA is fully operational, the airport will replace the Legazpi Domestic Airport and is expected to accommodate two million passengers per year.