Friday, March 15, 2013

Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as Davao International Airport, is the chief gateway to the Davao region as well as to the rest of the island of Mindano. With a capacity to serve over one million annual passengers, Francisco Bangoy is Mindanao's busiest airport and sees flights arrive from Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and major domestic cities such as Manila, Cebu, IloIlo, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Kalibo & Puerto Prinsesa Palawan.

The airport was officially inaugurated and opened to the public on December 2, 2003. The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway that can accommodate wide-body aircraft. The Landing Instrumentation System (ILS) for its Runways 05 and 23 is compliant to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating category - Precision Approach Category 1. It can accommodate 8 to 10 aircraft landings per hour, and has 8 gate holding areas for aircraft.

The airport's Air Traffic Control Tower is considered as one of the most sophisticated in the Philippines. Besides the main terminal building, there are also support facilities: Administration Building, the Central Plant Building, Airfield Maintenance Building, and Fire, Crash and Rescue Building. The facilities have a 688-slot car parking space, and 4 slots for shuttle buses. It has a 3-megawatt standby power generator. There are also 2 Mabuhay lounges of Philippine Airlines inside the airport premises.

The airport is a single-terminal facility with modern equipment and a good selection of passenger services and amenities, including those addressing essential needs and those aimed at comfort and relaxation. Passengers can take a taxi from the airport into the city or arrange for a hotel pick up. Alternatively, car hire facilities are available for those who want to drive themselves.



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