Surigao airport to resume Manila flights by yearend after 2 years

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The Surigao Airport will resume flights to and from Manila by yearend, as its runway has been completely restored, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) – The Surigao Airport will resume flights to and from Manila by yearend, as its runway has been completely restored, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The airport has been on limited operations since it was heavily damaged by the magnitude-6.7 earthquake in Surigao del Norte in February 2017. The powerful quake has forced the airport to stop operations for two weeks while repairs were underway.

The construction of a new runway length of 1,340 meters made it possible for the airfield to accommodate Manila flights and remove the passenger load restrictions for flights bound for Cebu, Giovanni Lopez, assistant secretary, DOTr Procurement and Project Implementation, said.

Lopez also noted that the contractors VT Lao and Pacific Concrete finished repairing the runway on October 14, which was ahead of their November 2019 deadline.

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade welcomed the restoration of Manila flights, which are seen to help with the economic development of Surigao del Norte.

“We are glad that the contractors made good on their word to deliver in accordance with the deadline set. The people of Surigao deserve this development, most especially after a calamity. Let us always remember that air connectivity is closely tied to regional growth. Ito ‘ho ang kontribusyon ng DOTr, ito ‘ho ang tulong na ibinibigay natin sa ating mga kababayan sa Surigao,” Tugade said.

[Translation: This is the contribution of the DOTr. This is the help we provide for our fellowmen in Surigao.]