I was one of the fortunate ones to have witnessed the first day the New Puerto Princesa International Airport was opened to the public after its inauguration on May 3, 2017. I was flying PAL's last trip to Manila together with my cousin.
The old Puerto Princesa Airport had a floor area of only 3,000 square meters, but the new airport spans 13,000 square meters with a seating capacity of 1,500, and has parking lots for more than 200 cars. I was unable to take pictures of the airport from the outside because I was already in a rush to get inside to meet my cousin but Rappler has pictures of the new airport.
Here are some of the pictures from inside the airport.
|From inside the airport, there are two entrance gates that departing passengers may use.|
|Upon entering, the check-in counters for Air Asia and Philippine Airlines are on the left side.|
|Cebu Pacific check-in counters are on the left side.|
|It's a ticketing booth space, but there are no ticketing booths yet. |
Maybe when I come back to Palawan, I might be able to see some improvements.
|Upon entering the departure gates, on your right, there are stores that sell Palawan souvenirs. |
I've seen only two. Wait a few more months and maybe there might be more stores inside.
|The terminal fee booth and the Security Check gate are on your right |
from the check-in counters. Prepare P200 as terminal fee.
|There are three gates for boarding passengers. The boarding gates for international flights are furthermost on the right. Forgive me for the blurry picture. :(|
|There is another shop inside the airport's boarding gates that sells Palawan souvenir items.|
|On the second floor, there is a coffee shop and a kiosk that serves rice meals and sandwiches.|
I wasn't able to take a picture anymore because it was too late, and they were already closing.
|The new Puerto Princesa International airport was a joint project |
by the Department of Transportation and by the South Korean government.