BPA marks 1st int’l flight landing since pandemic

June 3, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 189 views

JEJU Air flight 7C4407 arrived Friday, June 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bohol-Panglao Airport (BPA), marking the first international flight landing at the airport since the pandemic.

CAAP-BPA along with the Department of Health (DOH) and in cooperation with Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) officers, facilitated the arrival of 167 passengers from Incheon, South Korea. The aircraft’s scheduled departure is at 12:15 PM of the same day, with 16 passengers.

Jeju Air first landed in BPA last November 21, 2019, before the pandemic soon caused flights to be halted.

Currently, BPA is accommodating flights from airlines such as Philippine Airlines (Davao, Manila), Philippines AirAsia (Manila), Cebu Pacific (Davao, Manila), and now, Jeju Air (Incheon-South Korea).

“With renewed optimism amidst persisting challenges, BPA hopes that reopening the Philippines’ borders after the COVID-19 crisis will be a turning point in the aviation industry and for the country’s economy,” CAAP Area VII Manager Atty. Rafael Tatlonghari said.

The BPA, is an international airport on Panglao Island in the province of Bohol. It replaced Tagbilaran Airport when it was inaugurated and opened on November 27, 2018 to support Bohol’s increased passenger traffic due to its growing socio-economic and tourism industries.

The airport is also dubbed as the first eco-airport in the Philippines.