Officials in Passi, a component city of Iloilo province, are proposing for the establishment of an airport within the locality. According to Passi City Mayor Stephen Palmares, there is a need for another airport – despite the existing airports: Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo Province; Roxas Airport in Capiz Province; and Kalibo International Airport in Aklan Province.
“It will create an economic boost not only here in Passi City but of the whole central Panay. Generally, when goods arrive here from other areas, it will jive in our plan to put up an economic zone. Also, when we have the airport, we can easily export our goods from the economic zone of Passi,” states Passi City Mayor Stephen Palmares.
“We are thinking of ways on how to improve our area and one way of improving it is to create a channel to hasten the export of goods. We want our area to be ready for development that will come in the near future,” Palmares adds.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, CAAP, has already conducted a sight inspection in Santo Tomas Village, currently the site of choice for the airport. Palmares also cited that the project may be supported by the government or through a public – private partnership.