Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Byron confirmed that the opening of Puerto Princesa International Airport will be on March 2017. The confirmation was happened during the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations chief justices roundtable interview.
According to the Department of Transport (DOTr), the airport expansion project costs $102.56 million while its design and build contract, awarded to Korean group Kumho Industrial Co. Ltd.-GS Engineering and Construction joint venture was worth $82.9 million.
The opening of Puerto Princesa International Airport will bring more tourists to the province. It is projected to reach 1.3 million tourist arrivals in 2017 alone. In 2015, Puerto Princesa was able to contribute more than 80 percent of the one million total tourist arrivals in the whole Palawan.