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

House yields dead body

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE and MAE SINGUAY The 29-year-old Paul Adrian Pabontosacommitted suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Binalbagan municipalpolice station have ruled out foul play in the incident./PN His cadaver was brought to theBinalbagan Infirmary for a “post mortem examination.”center_img BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Pabontosa’s lifeless body was found byhis father Efren in the kitchen area of the house around 6 a.m. on April 15, itadded.last_img read more

Jamaica secures 3rd place in discus at CAC Games

first_imgJamaica’s Traves Smith won Jamaica’s ninth medal at the CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday when he finished third in the men’s discus.It is Jamaica’s first medal from the athletics competition that began on Sunday evening.Smikle, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, threw 64.68m but it was not enough to overhaul the effort of Jorge Hernandez Fernandez, who threw a season’s best 65.27 to take the silver medal. The gold was won by Mauricio Ortega Giron of Colombia who produced a personal best 66.30m on his first attempt and was good enough to secure the victory.Smikle said he had mixed feelings about the performance but the two men who bested him got going a lot earlier than he did.“In the throws you have to get firing from early and you don’t know when it’s going to happen but for the two competitors that bested me they performed really well,” he said.“64.68, I’m not too happy but I am not too sad. I am grateful and trying to get consistent.”Jamaica’s Basil Bingham was fifth with a season’s best 60.26m.Smikle’s medal was the fifth bronze medal won by Jamaica at these championships. Its athletes have also won three gold, one silver medal so far.last_img read more

StopSpillet received 722 calls during 2019

first_img Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Related Articles Submit Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has released figures from the first year of its StopSpillet initiative, which revealed that the helpline had received 722 calls since last year.According to the regulator, the number of calls are ‘more than expected’ and confirms ‘that there is a great need for a national helpline providing advice and counselling about responsible gambling.’“We can see that most of the players who call fall in the categories of problem and compulsive gamblers. In other words, we get through to those who need us and are able to help many of those who have ended up in an unhappy situation because of gambling,” said Director of the Gaming Authority Birgitte Sand.Head of Division at StopSpillet, Linda Lomborg, added: “Compared to other types of addiction, compulsive gambling is not immediately visible and may be hidden for a long time to the outside world. This emphasises the need for a helpline such as StopSpillet, offering confidential conversations about a problem that can be associated with a lot of guilt and shame.”Since December 2019, StopSpillet has been trialling a live chat function which allows gamblers to reach out to the helpline online. The trial period is due to conclude in March. Share Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020 Share AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more