With the approval of the 950MM budget appropriation for the renovation of the General Santos City Airport, the wheels have began to turn. The Schematic Design was prepared by Architect Yuri Andro Cabangbang from the Office of the Director of Project Development Service and was recently presented to the Task Force GSC Airport and the Board of Directors of the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. This is still a work-in-progress and the ODPDS is encouraging comments and suggestions.
Of the total amount appropriated, about PhP400 million is for the air-side development such as the apron and avionics while about PhP450 million is for the land side development which will cost about PhP255 million — this covers the renovation and expansion of the existing structure which includes the following areas:
- Baggage Build-up
- Escalator Lounge
- Main Hall
- Public Concourse
- Boarding Bridge
- Greeters Lounge
The expansion will be able to accommodate four 737s at any one time. In the study made, the volume of passengers that are expected to pass through this airport would reach 1.2 million by the end of 2016. This will grow year by year expecting to rise up to 4.5 million passengers by 2045.
It is noteworthy that the facade design of the airport is patterned after the fins of the yellow-fin tuna thus making this structure an easy conversation piece. It’s just about 2/3 the size of the Davao International Airport but it will surely be a class of its own.
Various concessionaires are expected to set up shop inside the airport ranging from food stalls and specialty stores. A budget has also been arranged for the baggage carts that will be available for FREE to passengers. And this time around, the greeters’ area will be comfortable and accessible. Check out this powerpoint presentation of the Airport Project for more details.
Thanks to GSC Chamber Vice President Raymund Salangsang for the additional information on this project. Raymund is the representative of the Chamber to the Task Force Gensan Airport project.