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After two (2) decades of waiting, the Bicol International Airport in Albay now proudly stands and ready to serve commercial flights starting today while international operations will commence next month.
 
The international airport is envisioned to provide economic, tourism, and employment benefits to our kababayans, as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, along with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), led its official inauguration yesterday.
 
Once operational, the BIA can accommodate a total of 2 million passengers annually.
 
BIA offers high-technology features and contactless system, just like Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga, such as contactless baggage handling and food ordering system, making it safe and convenient amidst the raging pandemic. 
 
Undaunted by unforeseen mishaps and delays, the DOTr, under the relentless leadership of Sec. Art Tugade, has promised to deliver the country’s “Most Scenic Gateway” from plan and concept into reality.
 
“’Yung alinlangan at duda na ‘yan ay sinamahan ng unos at bagyo na kung saan naantala yung proyekto. Hindi nakuntento ‘yung unos at bagyo, dumating ang pandemya at naantala na naman ang proyekto. Hindi ‘ho natigil dyan, dalawang beses akong sinunugan dito sa project na ito,” Tugade said.
 
“Mr. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Sir, here is the Bicol International Airport, delivering to you for the use of the Bicolanos at ng buong sambayanan: 
 
SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED, Mr. President.”
 
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