DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, along with Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, unveiled the much-improved Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) on September 28, 2021.
Among the completed development projects at the airport are the expansion and enhancement of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) as well as construction of the Malasakit Hall and GAD Multipurpose Hall.
Tugade visited the airport last March 2018 and personally witnessed its very poor state. He immediately directed CAAP to ensure the swift and successful realization o the ZIA’s rehabilitation project, including its seamless and efficient operations.
Now, the airport´s PTB can accomodate 750 passenger at any given time, compared to its previous passenger capacity of 500.
Moreover, several projects for the airport are underway such as the repair and asphalt overlay of the runway, and the grading of the runway strip for a safer and smoother landing of aircrafts.
As ZIA is one o the busiest airport in Mindanao, the completed and ongoing projects will surely provide enhanced air connectivity and mobility, as welll as usher economics progress, tourism, commerce and livelihood opportunities not just in Zamboanga, but in the entire Mindanao.