Description: Known by many vacationers in Boracay as the fastest way to reach the island, the Caticlan airport is growing bigger and better to serve more tourists within a few years.
Caticlan Airport on Your Way To Boracay Island
The Caticlan Airport
also referred to as the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport is the closest airport for the summer destination of Boracay Island. The Caticlan airport serves the whole location of the municipality of Malay, situated in the province of Aklan in the country of the Philippines. This is only 1 of the 2 gateways to Boracay Philippines and the many beautiful places nearby. The airport is categorized as a Class 2 Principal airport as mandated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines which is in charge of all airports.
Caticlan airport is the 7th most busy airport in the country and the 3 rd most used in the Western Visayas region of the country. It serviced 761,961 passengers back in the year 2008. This is likewise the hub for South East Asian Airlines, and also SEAIR among other air carriers serving the majority of the destinations coming out of and having the majority of flights to and from the Malay region.
From Nov. 8 of 2002, Caticlan airport was been re-named after Godofredo P. Ramos, who was a former member of the Philippine Congress and a proud son of the town of Malay. Although, the name of Caticlan Airport was originally given its name due to its location in Barangay Caticlan, which is a district of the town of Malay.
Caticlan Airport located on Panay Island of the Aklan province is the nearest airport to the whole of Boracay Island. From there, it’s just a quick 15 minute boat ride over the Tabon Strait to the Cagban jetty port for arrivals and exits from the beach and the island.
For those who are looking for a fast trip to Boracay, the Caticlan Airport on Panay Island is the best way to go. Coming from Manila to Caticlan takes just 35 minutes for most commercial aircraft and even those with turbo propeller engines which are lighter and faster for domestic flights.
Caticlan Airport is only a 5 minute ride by way of a motorcycle with a covered sidecar to the sole jetty port where all travelers will board a native boat operated by the cooperative there. As soon as the boats go they will take all passengers to Boracay Island by way of docking at the Cagban Beach jetty port. The entire trip from the Caticlan Airport to the Cagban jetty port is less than half an hour on most days.
The Philippine’s National Economic and Development Authority or NEDA recently approved the expansion of the Caticaln Airport. This will be done by a privately owned conglomerate known as the Caticlan International Airport and Development Corporation or CIADC. There is an allotted 2.5-billion pesos for the expansion of the airport which will include 2 phases: building a new passenger terminal for the first phase which will cost approximately PhP2.1 billion. The second phase is to extend the old runway to 2.1 kilometers along with upgrades on airport equipment and the old apron which will cost about P360 million on the projected budget.
Approved as a Build-Operate-Transfer upgrade and paid for by a 70-30 mix of bank loan and private sector equity, approximately 25 % of the allocated budget will be utilized to clear a mountain side close to the airport’s location. Another 18 % has been earmarked to reclaim land from the sea and to act as foundation for the longer runway which can service bigger airplanes.
These upgrades will allow the airport not only to service jet aircraft but likewise to properly accommodate international flights as well. Without any delays, the 2 stages of the expansion will be completed near the end of this year, 2011 while some calculate 2012 and 2014 as the completion periods.