MANILA -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the PHP953.4-million Busuanga Airport development project.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said the project involves the construction of runway embankment and re-orientation of the airport’s runway.

He added that the target project completion is between 2020 and 2022.

Apolonio said that with this project, CAAP hopes to help establish a transportation framework "for an economically feasible and sustainable tourism development in the region."

"Busuanga Airport serves as the main gateway to the Calamian Group of Islands tourism cluster, an area comprising of the main islands of Calauit, Busuanga, Coron, and Culion, which are hosting a number of high potential tourist attractions," he said.

At present, at least 16 domestic flights use the Busuanga Airport, according to CAAP. (PNA)