Palay Island’s Caticlan Airport in the Philippines is set to undergo runway rehabilitation to accommodate larger aircraft.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has appointed the Caticlan International Airport Development Corp. (CIADC) to handle the 25-year airport renovation project which commences this month.

CIADC intends to extend the runway from 950m to 2,100m by reclaiming Sibuyan Sea land and flattening the hill close to the airport for easy landings and take-offs.

The renovation will help serve 1.5 million travellers annually.

The runway extension has been prompted by several plane mishaps that occurred this year involving planes overshooting the runway.

Subsequently the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines decided to ban bigger aircraft from using the airport.

The runway is currently restricted to one-way landings and take-offs by small planes.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the runway portion of the project is scheduled to reach completion by September this year.