In her Independence Day speech at Koronadal City last Friday, June 12, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bared her administration’s moves to modernize and improve the General Santos International Airport to the tune of P121 million.
Citing the need to push South Central Mindanao’s tourism destinations, the president remarked that part of her plans to improve on the economy of the country is to invest more on infrastructure, and this is where GenSan International Airport‘s rehab comes in.
She further explained that the Department of Transportation and Communications has budgeted P40 million, including the P10 million last year for the rehab of the terminal building facilities of the GenSan International Airport and the construction of its perimeter fence.
For 2010, DOTC officials added P81 million for the provision and rehabilitation of air navigation and air traffic control facilities, improvement of the control tower and fire station buildings, and the construction of an administrative building for the airport which has been classified as a Secondary International Airport.
The GenSan International Airport which was constructed mostly from US Aid Funds amounting to$50 million formally opened on July 6, 1996, making it officially 13 years old next month.
For years, it has been rumored to be used by the United States military to increase their presence in the ASEAN region since it boasts of the 3rd longest runway and the biggest land area in the Philippines today.
mr.bariles ,good day,,, nw is 2012 na asa nman to karun ang mga expected major renovation kuno sa airport beh? when we say major renovations dpat tnan,,gikas sa arrival,sa departure,sa boarding area,,og ngadto pasulod sa eroplano nga kmportable ang pasahero,,i think we indeed that our city is a booming city,,,dpat lng mgng competitive ang airport ntin,,kng pwede lng my flight na tyo direct international para di na hassle mgbaba baba pa tyo sa manila,,unya sakay napod ta ngadto sa ato ibat ibang destinations kng hain ta paduhong sa abroad,,,,unya there must be comfortable facilities sa sulod sa airport,,dpat nindot na restawrant,,malls,,duty free balikbayan shop,,,,dghan building ba sulod sa airport…..arun ang mga investor pwede nla panghambog ato airport in other countries not onluy here in phil……government of gensan,,gumicing keo,,,,it’s about tym na para mgng world class facilities and aminities ang gensan airport,,,especially the flights dpat kmpleto na ,,dili lng dpat ang manila ang my intrnational flights garbo pod na sa mga tga generals na mgkaroon tyo ng intrnational flights,,,,aerobridges,,tube,,unya aircon tanan dpat,,,,,,sa ing ana na kalagayan tan aw nko dili pa gyod improve keo ang gensan,,busa mag level up tah to the max,,ky karapat dpat mn ang potentials ,,businesses og infrastructure sa gensan palambuon………
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I could feel the sentiments of the fellow bloggers here, i just flew this week to MNL & it seems the renovations done are not that major, major talaga sa departure & arrival. Nothing significant changes really happens to GSIA except on the outside that their is a constructions going on, I think its passenger’s waiting area or a sort of. Forgive me ha, but the budget of P121M seems are not worth of what we expected of . I thought our airport terminal now fully airconditioned? but it seems sa portion lang ng departure area pa rin, not on the check-in counter.
And suggestions lang, sana ang mag open pa ng another route like GSC-ILOILO; GSC-CDO; GSC-TAGBILARAN & GSC-CLARK & we could realize this by inviting another airline companies such as Airphilsexpress, Zestair, etc. We have to be globally competitive when it comes to facilities, if we want to catch up to other cities & to the world. And please, please ang carts natin jurassic pa rin. Maraming mga kababayan natin from Marbel, Tacurong,Glan, Kiamba, Isulan, Surralah, Banga, etc who are using our airport. So we MUST upgrade our facilities para naman gaganahan silang gumamit sa airport natin or else they might travel elsewhere. Peace!
Sa totoo lang ay hindi talaga ako convinced sa ginagawang pagaayos sa loob ng ating paliparan…We badly needed TUBES going to the airplane and we need to transfer the pre departure on the second floor…masikip pa rin ang check-in area at and init iniiiit!! sus maryosep…Napanood ko nga pala ang feature ni Socsksargen Isyu Karon sa GMA ch.8, nanlumo talaga ako sa kalagayan ng ating pandaigdigang paliparan as innnn…!!…hala ka oy…”Global GenSan” na ba jud ta ani? eewwwe mangingking ang bisita nato pag abot pa lang sa airport…hahahaha Peace out!
Can’t wait sa kalalabasan ng ating expanded AIRPORT…. San worthy of the name GENSAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…
My tube na ba?
ina ayos na airport. mas luluwag kaysa dati. OK yan
OO nga, bakit hindi pa pinapalitang ang signage sa building nga paliparan? dapat palitan na ng “General Santos City International Airport” at kelan ba lalagyan ng aerobrodges ito? kalaking airport eh napaka 3rd class ng facilities…wala man lang evening flights…tuloy ang mga OFW na darating ng manila or cebu will have to wait until tomorrow to catch a flight to gensan or worst is they have to catch a flight to davao which in return ay ang davao ang nakikinabang sa arrival datas…attention naman po dyan ATO Chief Nazareno…Hoy Gising! Its time to add more convenient flights to GenSan…evening flights will do.
I’ll surely do that Mr. Bariles. Keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll turned out to be presentable at di mag mukhang classroom. Thanks for the info.
any progress on the renovation of GSIA which is worth P121M? it’s more than a year had passed very minimal lang ang changes????? I hope our LGU can do something to improve the Aesthetic view of our International Airport kuno? it’s not even @ par with davao or cagayan airports. calling ato / icao…… I hope our new Minda chief Mrs. Lu Antonino can do something to improve the present condition of our airport.
@Khalid, renovation work is still ongoing, per my last check. Maybe we have to wait until it finishes first before we compare it with other airports. But just like you, naiinip na rin ako. 🙂
ang mga porter noh kay dili gud nila ihatag ng mga carts…HMP! mga dalok og carts…ang solution dyan, MORE carts than porters…pls. + aerobridges NOW na!
Aerobridges pleeeeaaassse! And its time for us to night flights so attention Air carriers.
sa baggage claim areas lang man nako nakit-an ang renovation pa. unta libre nalang ang cart ba.
@tttooo, naga-start pa lang. Pati ang pre-departure, may expansion rin. I think libre naman ang carts. Ang may bayad, yung serbisyo ng mga porters.
yeheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ma upgrade na daw ang airport natin . . .
@checkmate, inumpisahan na ang pagpapalaki ng arrival section. 🙂
mahal ng cart.
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actually GSIA can handle night flights… there are several instances where Cebu Pacific flies in and out of GenSan after sunset because of flight delays.. there’s even a video in youtube of an evening arrival of a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila.
@benjamin conde parang kulang pa yata yan eh..sana 500million or more pa.anyway at least meron din kung sa wala.
wow! ang laki nman! 121million!! hhhmmmmm….?
well, it’s about time!
i agree with TOINKS… most of the international flights arrives in the afternoon or sometimes at night.. seldom lang ang morning arrivals.
hopefully, airline carriers will put up evening flights…anyway, as it was mention in this post the rehabilitation will include the air navigation and air traffic control facilities, the ATC tower and fire station buildings. with these improvements, the airport can handle evening flights na..
magti-thirteen years na pala ang GSIA…and its just about time it will be “upgraded”.Sana lang this plan will be made into action soon…
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I hope next year tapos na! so sad, everytime to visit gensan intl. airport still the same the comfort room has no water very disgusting talaga! tama talaga si ate meggie!!!
Tama gyud si ate meg ug ang uban na commentors diri. its about time & our airport deserve improvement. di lang naman taga gensan ang gumagamit sa airport facilities but from other places too in short the whole socsksargen areas.
this is long overdue na.. dapat noon pa yan..at least na ambonan tayo ng graces from malacanang..weve been deprived of hard infra for so long because of reasons only gma can reveal..hahaha…anyway sana tuloy tuloy na ito cos the generals are tax payers too..we deserve our share dont we..what do you think avel???
i do agree with mike…
kung may improvement sa lahat ng facilities sana may improvement din sa services… in short may TQS…
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Sana magkaroon na ng evening flights ang mga airlines plying GES-MNL and GES-CEB routes para naman ang mga OFW´s arriving in Manila and Cebu could right away connect on a flight to Gen. Santos on the same day. Most international flights kasi coming from Middle East and Asia are arriving in the afternoon sa Manila and Cebu airports. Calling! Calling!
nice to hear that gsc airport will be having it rahabilitation.sana naka tube na goin in and out of the plane.its so disgusting pag umuulan kasi basa ka talag umbrella can help but its not enough.tsaka ang c.r pagandahin na.more carousel for the baggages kasi pal and ceb pacific sabay pag morning nagkakagulo sa pagkuha ng mga bagahe.and most of all comfortable pre departure area….too good to be true if this will be kung lahat mabigyang pansin.well its nice to hear though…….
long awaited rehabilitation and upgrades..
hopefully, they will put air bridges too
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hopefully hindi lang domestic flights in and out of Gensan. . . may international flights na din
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Will this also mean more frequent flights in and out of GenSan? Hmm… Wow, good for GenSan and its neighbors…
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