Iloilo int’l airport among Asia’s best

first_imgIts location on the Tomas ConfesorHighway, a major highway traversing Panay Island, makes the airport accessiblefrom all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to thecurrently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport tothe rest of Panay by rail. Designed to accommodate 1.2 millionpassengers a year over a decade ago, it is poised for expansion as it nowserves 2.4 million passengers annually. *services, facilities and things to do “It is one step closer to bringingcomfort, safety and convenience to one of the busiest airports in the country,”said Arroyo. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region. Located in Cabatuan, Iloilo, it has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It is divided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor, check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN *comfort (gate seating, rest zone availability, etc.) *cleanliness Getting the DILG onboard was a crucialstep for the proposal to be forwarded to the National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority, explained Arroyo. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Changi Airporttopped the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ 10 best airports (overall) as well as itslist of top 20 best airports in Asia. *customer service Travellersrank their experiences based on the following factors: Runway lights and an InstrumentLanding System were installed, making the airport capable of supportinglow-visibility and night landings under any weather condition. “Top airports have a lot in common:plenty of seating, rest areas, a good amount of food options, helpful staff andefficient check-in, and security procedures. Some airports go above-and-beyondwith perks like in-terminal movie theatres and gardens,” according to thesleepinginairports.net website. *“sleepability” The Iloilo Airport, located inCabatuan, Iloilo, has a 13,700-square-meter main passenger terminal. It isdivided into three levels: arrivals and baggage claim on the first floor,check-in on the second floor and departures on the third floor. During a visit to the airport in Maythis year, Arroyo announced that CAAP secured the support of the Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) to proceed with the expansion. *navigation and ease of transitcenter_img The current airport complex consistsof a single runway, various administrative and maintenance buildings,waste-sorting and water-treatment facilities, a power-generating station, acargo terminal, and a main passenger terminal. ILOILO City – The Iloilo Airportranked 18th in the 2019 Sleeping In Airports’ “Best Airports in Asia” list, theCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced. According to Arroyo, the departmentsof Transportation, Labor, and Justice already signed the CAAP Board Resolutiongranting Original Proponent Status (OPS) to the unsolicited proponent for theIloilo Airport expansion. Three jet bridges protrude from thepassenger terminal above a 48,000-square-meter apron, enabling the airport tohandle up to six aircraft simultaneously. Classified as an internationalairport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas andthe island of Panay to be built to international standards, and it is alsoconsidered to be the primary gateway into the region. It opened to commercialtraffic on June 14, 2007 with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoinaugurating it. CAAP, she said, may now proceed tosubject the proposal to a Swiss Challenge [third parties would be allowed tomake better offers to the unsolicited offer made by the original proponent;then the original proponent gets the right to counter-match any superior offersgiven by the third party]. The goal is to ensure that the government gets thebest offer. “We expect that more Philippineairports will be included (in the list) next year. The survey for the 2019 listwas done until September. We have airports that were built just recently,” saidCAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio. The Iloilo Airport has one primary2,500-meter runway 45 meters wide. It can support wide-bodied aircraft such asthe Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 777(with reduced payloadfor the -300 series or -200 series), Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Antonov An-124Ruslan, McDonnell Douglas MD-11and Boeing 787. *immigration / security Sleeping In Airports is a travellers’guide and resource website (sleepinginairports.net). It conducts an annual surveyasking travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall airportexperience. *food options Photo by IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Only one other Philippine airport madeit to the list – the Mactan Cebu International Airport which placed 16th. “I would like to extend my sincerestcongratulations to CAAP for finally getting the green light to start theexpansion of the airport,” said Arroyo. Other airports in the Asia list wereSeoul Incheon Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, Osaka Kansai Airport, TaipeiTaoyuan Airport, Hong Kong Airport, Kuala Lumpur Airport, New Delhi Airport,Jakarta Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, Mumbai Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport,Bangalore Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hyderabad Airport, DaNang Airport, Islamabad Airport, and Kunming Airport. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

Wenger: Welbeck a different animal

first_imgArsene Wenger has played down echoes of Thierry Henry in Danny Welbeck but insisted he can become Arsenal’s beast in the box. “You need to be in the middle and wait for your chance to kill the opponent. On the flank you have less of that responsibility. “It’s not a question of potential, it is more a nervous problem because in training he scores goals like a real striker. “He rushed his finishing until now because he didn’t score.” Arsenal demolished Villa, who were affected by a virus which ruled out Darren Bent, Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood. Midfielder Westwood pulled out of the warm-up while the sick Andreas Weimann was replaced at half-time and Fabian Delph and Brad Guzan played despite illness. The squad have the day off on Monday as the club look to stop the bug spreading but it is understood they will return to training on Tuesday. Boss Paul Lambert said: “I thought we might have got away with it but people seem to be dropping all the time. I’m not a medical person but I’ve not had anything as bad as this before. “Fabian had it in the build-up to the Liverpool game, Brad had it and it’s been like dominoes. “Fabian’s been brilliant and he kept going. It’s just mother nature and I couldn’t fault the lads for their effort.” Chairman Randy Lerner was also at the ground to watch his first home game in almost two years. “We’ll no doubt go for a bit to eat, I’ll see the chairman before he flies back,” added Lambert. Lambert also confirmed Christian Benteke will not play in Monday’s under-21 match with Derby as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles. Welbeck played as a central striker, rather than out wide as he did at Old Trafford, leading to comparisons with Henry’s Gunners career. Wenger brought the Frenchman from Juventus in 1999 and helped transform him from a winger into Arsenal’s record goalscorer. But he was quick to play down early similarities with the Gunners legend. “Look, give me some time, it is a bit early to say that when you look at the number of goals Thierry Henry scored,” said Wenger. “I think Danny has an interesting potential and let’s see how he develops. He has a good mentality, good physical potential, technical potential and he contributes to our team play because he doesn’t lose the ball and those are important qualities. Thierry is a good act to follow and I have nothing against it.” But Wenger insisted, now he has grabbed his first Arsenal goal, Welbeck has rediscovered his animal instinct in the box. “He has played wide at Manchester United, never through the middle,” he said. “You lose a little bit of that instinct to score and also that pressure, which is a bit animalistic. The £16million forward opened his Gunners account in their 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday. Three strikes in under four minutes from Mesut Ozil, Welbeck and Aly Cissokho’s own goal saw Arsenal hit back after their 2-0 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund. Press Associationlast_img read more

Moeen’s third Test century inspires England fightback

first_imgENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook b So. Khan 35A. Hales c Shah b Amir 6J. Root c S. Ahmed b Riaz 26J. Vince c S. Ahmed b Riaz 1G. Ballance c Az. Ali b Riaz 8J. Bairstow c S. Ahmed b Amir 55M. Ali c Shah b So. Khan 108C. Woakes c S. Ahmed b So. Khan 45S. Broad lbw b So. Khan 0S. Finn b So. Khan 8J. Anderson not out 6Extras: (b-8, lb-7, nb-8, w-7) 30Total: (all out, 76.4 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-69, 3-73, 4-74, 5-110, 6-203, 7-282, 8-282, 9-296.Bowling: M. Amir 18-1-80-2 (nb-1, w-2), So. Khan 20.4-1-68-5 (w-1), W. Riaz 20-0-93-3 (nb-7), Y. Shah 16-2-60-0, I. Ahmed 2-0-12-0.PAKISTAN 1st inningsS. Aslam lbw b Broad 3Az. Ali not out 0Y. Shah not out 0Extras: 0Total: (for 1 wicket, 3 overs) 3Fall of wickets: 1-3.Bowling: J. Anderson 2-1-1-0, S. Broad 1-0-2-1. (REUTERS) -` Moeen Ali made a superb century to lift England to 328 all out after Pakistan had taken four early wickets on the first day of the final Test at The Oval yesterday.The touring side reached three for one in reply at the close, leaving the match finely poised with England 2-1 up in the series.Pakistan reduced the home team to 110 for five before Moeen and Jonny Bairstow shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 93 to drag them back into the match.Moeen, who reached his century with a six over mid-wicket off leg-spinner Yasir Shah, was last man out for 108. Bairstow made 55 and Chris Woakes 45.“I want to dedicate this hundred to my family because they’ve supported me,” said Moeen after registering his third Test century.“It was a great day in the end, we’d take 320. When I’ve got good players to bat around, and the tail also all did their jobs, it makes it easy for me.”England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in overcast conditions.Alex Hales, on six, was caught by Shah at mid-wicket off Mohammad Amir while Cook, on 35, bottom-edged a short ball from Sohail Khan on to his stumps.FIRED-UP WAHABJoe Root moved fluently to 26 before he nicked a fired-up Wahab Riaz to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and the left-armer produced another venomous delivery to account for James Vince (one) in similar fashion.Gary Ballance became Wahab’s third victim after lunch when he was caught by Azhar Ali for eight while Bairstow, on 13, was caught off a no-ball.Pakistan also spilled Moeen twice and he and Bairstow went on the attack, each hitting seven fours as they reached their half-centuries before tea.Bairstow edged another catch to Sarfraz off Amir after the interval but Woakes continued his excellent form in the series, hitting eight fours in 57 balls to continue the England momentum.He and Stuart Broad were dismissed in the same over by Sohail but Steven Finn and James Anderson hung around to enable Moeen to reach his ton.The England all-rounder had struck two sixes and 13 fours when he skied Sohail to Shah at deep square leg to give the Pakistan fast bowler figures of five for 68.Pakistan then had three overs to negotiate before the close and Broad trapped young opener Sami Aslam lbw for three, the batsman failing to overturn the umpire’s decision on review.Azhar and nightwatchman Shah were unbeaten on nought at the close.last_img

North West Junior Hockey League recap November 23

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies fell to the North Peace Navigators 5-2. Penalty trouble did in the Huskies as the they fell to third in the league standings with the loss.Fariview doubled up the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks 6-3. The win improves the Flyers record to 8-7, and the Junior Canucks fall to 7-8-1 this season.The final game had the Beaverlodge Blades edging the Slave Lake Wolves in overtime 5-4. The Blades had four players with multi point games. The win put the Blades nto sixth place, two points ahead of the Wolves.- Advertisement –last_img read more