When flying into Boracay most people got to the Caticlan Airport that can only handle about 60 seater aircraft due to runway length. When you land in Caticlan the standard route is bus to boat jetty, banka boat for 15 mins. to Boracay Island Boat Jetty. The new airport will be located at Carabao island which is about 15 to 30 minutes to boracay beach, Boracay Island.
Carabao Island Airport, which is opening in 2010/11, will improve access to Boracay.
The 4.3-billion-peso (US$94.3 million) airport of Boracay Property Holdings will have an annual passenger throughput of one million and a 2,700m runway for Airbus 320 and 330 aircraft.
Boracay Property Holidays executive vice-president, Mr Mariano Araneta, said: “If prospects are good, we can expand the runway to 4,000m to accommodate bigger aircraft. But our initial runway can already cater to flights from regional destinations.”
It will also develop a seaport and a tourism “ecozone” on Carabao island. The corporation owns the 80-hectare Boracay Ecovillage, where Shangri-La Resort & Spa Boracay is located. Carabao island is 15 minutes by ferry from Boracay’s Puka Beach.
Mr Araneta said detailed engineering specifications of the airport were being prepared and the project would break ground in October. It is looking to hire an international airport management company to run operations.
Airlines are awaiting the specifications of the new airport. Air Philippines flight technical group manager, Mr Jun Fajardo, said the airline would start a Manila-Caticlan route on December 15 with five daily flights using a 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft.
Cebu Pacific director for marketing, Ms Candice Iyog, said her airline would consider flying to Carabao Island Airport in the future. Meanwhile, the airline is awaiting delivery schedules of its six confirmed and eight optional ATR 72-500 aircraft for Manila-Caticlan services next year.
What’s on Carabao Island?
Is there anything worth seeing?
Will it be the next Boracay?
Will boracay packages be cheaper?
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