Gensan Airport To Get A Major Facelift


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:

  1. Pre-Departure
  2. Baggage Build-up
  3. Escalator Lounge
  4. Main Hall
  5. Public Concourse
  6. Boarding Bridge
  7. 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.

Gensan Airport Project

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.

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  1. Woah, umabot pala ng 900k ang passengers ng GSC airport last year. Hahaha. Aabot na talaga ng 1M yan this year because of additional flights from Tigerair and PAL express, not to mention may plans pa ang AirAsia to expand their services here.

  2. Wow sana tuloy-tuloy na talaga ‘to! Ano yung airport bldg na pinakita sa It’s GenSan Now video? Iba rin yun or iniba lang ang design?

      1. Parang terminal 2 yata yun, for future development nakita ko sa slides. Sana i-patronize na ng iba ang airport natin kasi yung iba pumupunta pa ng Davao. Haist!

        1. kasi naman ang pamasahe sa taxi taga masyado. yung taxi fare mo pwede mo na i bus papuntang davao. eh di don na lang, nakapunta ka pa ng davao. (at mga public utility vehicles don, disiplinado mga driver, sa gensan ang aangas ng mga driver akala mo sino hari ng kalsada, lalo na mga kolorom)

  3. This is good news! Where will the remaining 100M of the budget be used for? For the land side development, is it PhP 450M or PhP 255M?

    1. anything appropriated and not used will revert back to the government… apparently even for the air side development only about 250 million will be needed…

  4. Pwede bang lagyan ng INTERNATIONAL yung signage sa taas? Para meju world class naman ang dating.
    GENERAL SANTOS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT dba international naman talga airport ng gensan?

    1. i recall getting an explanation that there’s a rule that there can only be one “international” airport in a certain area (in our case, southern mindanao) and that belongs to the davao international airport… but what’s in a name really? for as long as our airport is gonna be of international standard then that’s already a good thing!

  5. The explanation the new entry area got the shape of a tuna fin is very off. I much more looks like the pages of an open book. You have a wild fantasy, Mr Architect Yuri Andro.
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