2018: A Major Upgrade for a Filipino Airport

March 14, 2018

In the Republic of the Philippines, an inaugural ceremony was held for a newly renovated and expanded passenger terminal building at Tuguegarao Airport. This airport serves the city of Tuguegarao, the capital of the province of Cagayan at the northern tip of Luzon (the country’s largest and most populous island). Tuguegarao Airport, which is located along the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway), has been classified as a major commercial domestic airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Those taking part in the official opening of this airport’s revamped passenger terminal included Arthur “Art” Planta Tugade, who was secretary of transportation of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022. Tugade was born in Cagayan in 1946.

The enlargement of that terminal at Tuguegarao Airport was part of a series of upgrades and improvements to help accommodate significantly more aircraft and passengers at the airport. The success of these construction efforts could be seen in key statistics for the airport in 2018. The passenger traffic at Tuguegarao Airport for that year, for example, was 384,819 altogether — a dramatic increase of 83.8 percent from 2017.

(The above photo of a Cebu Pacific plane in flight at Tuguegarao Airport was taken in 2022.)

Photo Credit: Patrickroque01 (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

Additional information on airports in the Philippines is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_the_Philippines

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