The airport in Bantayan Island is getting an upgrade. Governor Garcia included it as one of the provincial priorities for 2011. It is a part of the Annual Investment Plan (AIP).
Teams have already been sent to survey the airport. 50 million pesos have been earmarked for the project. There are plans to add a hanger and a terminal.
In an earlier story on Flights To The Philippines, I wrote about a company that provides chartered flights to Bantayan Island.
The spending is aimed at increasing tourism to the Island. I suppose it will also help put some people to work which will be a boost
for the economy. Most people visit Bantayan Island by ferry. I would love to see it by the air but I would have to take a two hour bus ride to get to the airport in Cebu City. I live close to Bantayan Island so it takes me less time to get to the Island than to Cebu City.
I have my doubts that a terminal and a hanger will boost tourism but it might serve as a small step toward bigger plans. Personally, I don’t want to see large commercial jets or planes landing there. Bantayan Island is a wonderfully peaceful place and hope it will always be that way. I really hope to get back to the island soon.
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