New Bohol Airport is a new international airport being constructed on Panglao Island, Bohol Province in central Philippines.

The PHP7.4bn ($156m) facility will replace the existing Tagbilaran airport, the country’s 11th busiest airport.

The new airport is designed to be compliant with international standards and to handle the increasing passenger influx in the coming years. Construction is expected to be completed within 30 months, with operations expected to commence by early-2018.

To be built on an area of 216ha, the airport will be a greenfield construction and is estimated to be ten times bigger than the existing airport. Tagbilaran airport is built on an area of 850m² and handles approximately 800,000 passengers a year, whereas the new airport will be able to manage 1.7 million passengers a year.

Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications, and Regional Development Council Central Visayas are jointly developing the new airport.

New Bohol airport design details

Panglao’s new airport is designed to be constructed as a tropical airport in accordance with the location of the island and will be planned as a tropical resort. It is designed to include a 2,000m runway, apron size of 55,585m², passenger terminal building, which can accommodate one million passengers a year, and special equipment.

The passenger terminal building is conceptualised as a single-level structure spread over 8,281m² housing both domestic and international operations. The roof of the building is designed as a muti-curved structure that appears to be floating over the building and takes inspiration from Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a set of unusually shaped hills.

The flight complex will have extensive landscaping that will be prominent in the external yard of the terminal building.

An external covered area of 1,958m² in front of the terminal building will be dedicated for sending off and welcoming passengers’ relatives.

Facilities at the New Bohol airport

The terminal building will house domestic and international check-in hall, pre-departure lounges, offices for direct passenger-related services and building management, international and domestic baggage claim areas and concession spaces including duty-free shops.

The public concourse area at the entrance of the terminal building will have access to public toilets, car rental, bank and an airline ticketing office. The area will be connected to the car park area and the passenger terminal curb.

The airport complex will also include a control tower, air traffic control (ATC) operation and administration building, fire station and airport maintenance building, ancillary buildings and navigational aids building. Utilities such as powerhouse, water supply system and sewage treatment system will also be a part of the complex.

Sustainable features of the new international airport in Bohol

To be built as an ‘eco airport’, the new airport in Bohol will implement advanced Japanese technology. It will feature a photovoltaic power generation system and a filtering system that will prevent pollution of the surrounding area through drainage during construction. Geotextile sheets will be used in the soaking yard to avoid the drainage water from seeping into the surroundings.

The airport will feature robust sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.

Other energy-saving features that will be integrated in the airport’s design will include installation of LED lights, natural lights and ventilation for most public areas. Air-conditioning will be powered by solar energy and will be available only in the pre-departure area.

Modifications at the Tagbilaran airport

A second apron and a terminal building will be constructed at the existing airport as an exigency measure to deal with the increase in air traffic until the new airport is completed. The apron will be located near the existing runway and will aid in smooth arrival and departure of flights.

“The new airport is designed to be compliant with international standards and to handle the increasing passenger influx in the coming years.”

Financing for the New Bohol airport

A sum of PHP5.862bn ($123.5m) will be provided by a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Overseas Development Assistance (JICA-ODA). The remaining amount will be funded by the national government.

Construction of the passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, drivers’ lounge, car parks, guard house, toll booths, utility and navigational aids buildings, access roads and airport infrastructure including runway strip and taxiways will be funded through JICA’s loan.

Contractors involved

A Japanese consortium of Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation is the prime contractor for the project, while EEI Corporation, as the sub-contracting partner, will handle the civil works.

A contract was awarded to Japan Airport Consultants (JAC) in association with Phil JAC for the design and consultancy work on the project.