The country’s first world-class “Eco-Airport,” Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), is now completed and fully operational.
Gaining its name, the “Green Gateway to the World,” BPIA can accommodate about two million passengers annually and can house four large jets, including Boeing 777s and Airbus 330s, or seven small jets such as Airbus 321s or 200s. It replaced and surpassed the existing Tagbilaran Airport, the country’s 11th busiest airport which had an 800,000 yearly capacity.
Just looking at the grand look of the airport will make every Filipino proud. Its roof is a multi-curved structure that appears to be floating over the building. This design was inspired by the famous attraction of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills.
The PHP8.9bn ($169m) facility started construction in 2015, was inaugurated in November 2018, and is now completed by January 2022.
Being an “eco-airport” the place functions on environmentally sustainable features and green technology and complies with the highest international standards.
Sustainable features of Bohol-Panglao International Airport
- Harnesses solar energy from panels installed on the roof of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB)
- Natural lights and ventilation for most public areas
- Energy-conservation-type air-conditioning system
- Buildings and access roads with LED lights
- Water conservation-type toilets
- Motion sensor lighting
- Soaking yard with geotextile sheets to avoid drainage water seeping into the surroundings
This airport spanning 216ha was jointly developed by the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications, and Regional Development Council Central Visayas.
As it stands to be someday the model for building others of the same tech in the Philippines. The BPIA is a huge leap in the industry and definitely serves as useful for local and international tourists who want to explore the beauty of Bohol and the rest of Visayas.