Despite being the fourth-busiest airport in the Philippines after the main airports serving Manila, Cebu and Davao, Iloilo Airport suffered from facility deterioration and inadequate space in 2000, making expansion of and updates to the airport facilities a priority.
However, the airport was located a mere three kilometers from Iloilo City, where the surrounding areas were undergoing rapid urbanization, making it difficult to secure land for airport facility expansion. In addition, there were problems with rebuilding the highway, and airplane noise and other environmental issues were predicted. Based on a study budgeted domestically, the government of the Philippines decided to construct a new airport in the Santa Barbara-Cabatuan area, 19 kilometers from the center of Iloilo City.
JAC received a contract from the Philippine Department of Transportation & Communications to provide all facility planning, design and construction management for the passenger and cargo terminal buildings, the parking facilities, the runways, the taxiway, the control tower, and CNS/ATM system. JAC created an integrated consulting program with integrated services tailored for the project.
The new Iloilo Airport was completed in March 2007 and then began service.
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