Cong Pimentel says Davao international airport needs own corporate body. Here’s why

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It’s high-time the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) in Davao City gets administered by a dedicated public corporate entity, a Mindanao lawmaker reckoned Sunday (February 26).

“We are absolutely convinced that a dedicated authority for the FBIA will enable the whole of Mindanao to take full economic advantage of a highly efficient international airport,” Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said.

“Mindanao’s international gateway deserves its own corporate body that can truly concentrate in running an airport with world-class facilities, superior passenger and cargo services, and highly improved safety and security based on the best aviation standards,” he added.

At present, the FBIA is still being operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), while the country’s gateways in Luzon and Visayas have long been under the management and supervision of the Manila International Airport Authority and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, respectively.

Both special entities were created by law.

The bill seeking to establish the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) to administer and operate the FBIA has been awaiting approval since the 16th Congress.

“We ought to relieve the CAAP of the burden of running the country’s third busiest airport. We have to allow the CAAP to focus on its regulatory mission, especially now that we have to protect a rapidly growing number of planes and passengers in-flight at any given time owing to the air travel boom,” Pimentel said.

The politiko is a member of the House Committees on Transportation and Mindanao Affairs. #