On October 18, The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on its Facebook page that the Siargao Airport’s runway has been fully restored and is set to resume flights to and from Manila before the year ends.
According to the post, Surigao Airport’s runway has undergone rehabilitation after it suffered heavy damage from a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit the province in 2017. The DOT also said that as of October 14, “construction has been completed for the runway to restore additional 340 meters, bringing the current runway length to 1,400 meters.”
The added length of the runway “will allow the Surigao Airport to resume direct flights to and from Manila,” The DOT added. In addition, the department said that flights from Surigao to Cebu can operate without limitations on passenger load.
The DOT also said that government contractors are working on returning the runway to its “previous full operational capability at 1,800 meters” which is set to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
Surigao Airport, which is located in Surigao Del Norte, is often touted as the gateway to Siargao. From Surigao, hop on a ferry to Siargao Island. There are still options to fly direct to the island through Sayak Airport, but with the reopening of Surigao Airport, it will give travelers more options to explore this part of Mindanao, and hopefully, cheaper air travel options as well.
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