Lamitan City eyes construction of airport

LAMITAN CITY, Basilan -- The city government here is set to undertake a gargantuan project that would boost local economic development as well as that of the entire province.

Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay announced Thursday they have tapped the expertise of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines' (CAAP) consultant and an airfield developer to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of an airport in this city.

Furigay said the feasibility study would also determine the cost of the airport project that could accommodate smaller and medium-size passenger planes.

Furigay said the stretch of the runway of the airport they envisioned to be constructed would range from 1.2 to 1.4 kilometers in length.

He said the city government led by his wife-mayor, Rosita, have identified the border of barangays of Buahan, Calugusan, and Luksumbang as the airport site.

Furigay said the owners of the lands in the three barangays are willing to allow the construction of the airport.

He said the construction of an airport in this city would lure businessmen to pour investment in this province.

He said the airport, once completed, would hasten the shipment of fresh local agriculture and marine products to supermarkets in key cities of the country. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency