The Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), is Philippines’ first Eco-airport. It is located in Panglao Island, province of Bohol. It replaced the outdated Tagbilaran Airport to accommodate Bohol’s ever-increasing number of air travelers.
Last March 27 2013, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Philippine government to build the Bohol-Panglao International Airport. Construction started on June 22, 2015. Initially, the airport’s construction cost was pegged at ₱4.8 billion, but was later increased to ₱7.8 billion.
Built on a 216-hectare area, the new airport is ten times bigger than the space-constrained Tagbilaran Airport. It has a capacity of two million passengers a year. This is more than double the decommissioned Tagbilaran Airport, which could only accommodate 800,000 passengers per year.
The passenger terminal building is a single-level structure housing both domestic and international operations. The roof of the building is a multi-curved structure that takes inspiration from Bohol’s world-famous Chocolate Hills.
Dubbed as the “Green Gateway to the World,” BPIA functions on environmentally sustainable structures and green technology. It harnesses solar power, which covers 30% of its electrical requirements during daytime. The airport features robust sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.
Other energy-saving features includes LED lights, natural lights and natural ventilation for most public areas. Air-conditioning is powered by solar energy and is available only in the pre-departure area. The airport’s lower ceiling also saves energy, including the wooden louvers and low emissivity coating curtain wall glazing (glass).
To regulate carbon dioxide emission, the BPIA is landscaped with thousands of trees, shrubs, and 11 hectares of sodding. It also adopts a rainwater collection and storage system to be used for domestic purposes like cleaning and watering of plants.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte formally opened the Bohol-Panglao International Airport on November 27, 2018. In his speech, the President praised the country’s first eco-airport. “It’s an airport that will serve domestic and international tourists who would like to experience the beauty of Panglao. It will also address our growing traffic congestion and accelerate economic activities in the region,” President Duterte said.
The inauguration was witnessed by Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and other government officials. The airport officially opened for commercial flights the following day, November 28, 2018.
At present, four airlines are operating in BPIA. Air Juan flies to Caticlan, Cebu, and Maasin. Cebu Pacific flies thrice daily between Manila and Bohol, and once a day to and from Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Clark, Pampanga. AirAsia flight schedules to Manila, remains unchanged. Philippine Airlines flies passengers to Manila, Clark, Davao and Seoul Incheon, Korea and Royhle Air Way charters flights to Dumaguete. Passengers are instructed to arrive at the airport, at least 2 hours before their flights.
Travel time from Tagbilaran City to BPIA is approximately 40 minutes. However, passengers are advised to allot at least an hour for this to arrive on time. Buses ferry passengers from the Tagbilaran City Port to the airport, and vice versa. Public Utility Vehicles are also operating from Dao Terminal to BPIA, from 5:45am to 6:00pm, departing every 45 minutes.