San Vicente Palawan Airport, duly registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as San Vicente Airport, is located at the heart of San Vicente Palawan, in barangay Poblacion. Built immediately west of the former Inandeng Airstrip, the San Vicente Palawan Airport was created to serve the country’s first Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone (Flagship TEZ) and the rest of San Vicente. The Flagship TEZ identified by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the development arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is centered along the Long Beach area.
In June 22, 2017 San Vicente Airport was officially opened for general aviation with planes limited to Category 2B aircraft at the moment. Planes with wingspans between 15 meters and 24 meters falls under Category 2B.
The control tower, together with the radio & communication system, still needs to be put in place. The airport is expected to be opened for bigger planes, like Airbus 320, by the first quarter of 2018 once all the systems and other requirements of CAAP are met/constructed.
The opening of the airport has strengthened the robust potential of San Vicente as “the next big thing” in the tourism industry in the country, thereby attracting more investors to its Flagship TEZ. San Vicente has caught the attention of more investors in diverse industries, like hospitality (hotel & resort) and tourism as well as real estate.
The airport has made San Vicente even closer to Puerto Princesa City where Puerto Princesa International Airport is located. The International Airport in Puerto Princesa is an international gateway to Palawan from other countries. Air Juan currently provides regular flights from Puerto Princesa City to San Vicente and vice versa.
San Vicente Airport also gave additional options to tourists going to El Nido or the Underground River as the two popular tourist destinations can be reached via San Vicente Airport.