It was all systems go as I joined AirAsia this morning on a very special flight to Panglao International Airport — the Philippines’ newest and first “eco-airport” located in Bohol province.
To celebrate the new airport’s opening, AirAsia upon approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) led a proving flight from Manila to Panglao International Airport using the airline’s brand new Airbus A320. On board the special flight were AirAsia Philippines CEO and pilot Captain Dexter Comendador, CAAP officials, and guests from the media and online community, including myself.
AirAsia Philippines CEO and pilot Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are delighted to be finally operating in the new airport that will offer our guest passengers one of the best airport experiences and facilities in the country. Aside from its sustainable and eco-friendly structures, Panglao International Airport provides access to international tourists making Bohol with its abundant attractions the next premiere destination in Asia.”
Get to know the new Panglao International Airport
The new airport, according to Philippine government transportation and tourism agencies, was built according to the highest standards of green and sustainable design such as the use of natural ventilation and solar panels. It is also designed to accommodate two million passengers, more than double the capacity of the old Tagbilaran airport. The apron was also engineered to accommodate seven aircrafts at one time, including large aircraft for international flights.
“We are the official airline partner of Bohol Province and tourism organizations for three years in a row through our Behold Bohol project since 2015. We feel strongly about supporting the growth and development of cities outside Metro Manila. We aim to better connect secondary cities or hubs and take Bohol to new heights and rise among the premiere tourist destinations not only in the Philippines but also in the whole of ASEAN, in greater Asia and beyond where the AirAsia Group has massive connectivity.”
“Aside from tourism, trade and business, it brings us so much pride to be Bohol’s official carrier. Boholanons are known for their excellent service culture which is also one of the hallmarks of AirAsia’s brand of service. It’s going to be an exciting time for all of us,” Comendador said in his message to guests onboard the special AirAsia flight.
Congratulations to AirAsia for being the very first to fly to the New Panglao International Airport! Congratulations also to the beautiful province of Bohol on the opening of this incredible facility.