The Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay is set to start domestic operations in October, aviation authorities said Monday.
"We are happy to announce that the Bicol International Airport is now nearing completion and will be ready to serve domestic air passengers by Oct. 7,” said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Chief of Staff and Airport Projects Team Head Danjun Lucas.
According to Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade, construction on the airport was delayed for 11 years before nearing completion. As of Oct. 3, overall progress rate of the BIA is at 92.56%.
International flights will be serviced starting Nov. 7, subject to airline's application or intent to operate international flights, Lucas said.
Once fully operational, the BIA is expected to accommodate 2 million passengers annually. Some 755 jobs were generated through airport construction, with 1,100 more indirect jobs expected to open once the airport begins commercial operations, the Department of Transportation said.