By: AirTravellerPH Staff
It is the Philippines's 3rd busiest airport next to Mactan Cebu International Airport and before Clark International Airport. It has served 2.27 million passengers in 2019 alone, both servicing domestic and international flights. It also serves as the main gateway to Mindanao. Yet, for years, the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport) in Davao City did not have a dedicated taxiway for years. That will change.
In a report from Aviation Updates Philippines, Davao International Airport will be receiving a parallel dedicated taxiway. The project was approved by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in late 2019 and construction should commence soon. The taxiway is part of the DOTr's Davao International Airport Development Project. The cost of the total modernization project is PhP 48.9 billion.
The project is expected to be awarded to Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp.
A Notice to Proceed (NTP) was already handed to the parallel taxiway contractor, Unimasters Conglomeration, Inc., last December 4, 2019 for the development of the said project.
A parallel dedicated taxiway will help shorten the turn around time of aircraft at Davao International Airport. Presently, aircraft taking-off and landing will use the same runway as a taxiway, which may lengthen turn around time given the amount of flights arriving and leaving the airport. This causes other airplanes departing to hold their positions, waiting for the other to either take-off or leave the runway which was also used as a taxiway. A dedicated taxiway will allow arriving aircraft to exit the main runway faster, allowing others to position themselves for take-off right away.