LOOK: Bicol’s most scenic gateway to Mayon Volcano opens in Albay this July 2020

Mayon Volcano
Bicol International Airport is nearing completion after 11 years. Screen-grab photo of Albay Facebook video.

The most scenic gateway to world-famous Mayon Volcano is set to open in July, 2020, as Bicol International Airport rises in Daraga, Albay.

The new airport in the Philippines is anticipated to welcome some 2 Million passengers every year.

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced on its social media on January 4, 2020, the nearing completion of the international gateway to picturesque Bicol region that is home to the renowned near-perfect coned active volcano of Mount Mayon.

The DoTr reported that construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) is 62.042% complete, 11 years since it was first planned.

Hosting the new airport is the province of Albay, a declared protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Images of the BIA released in a video posted by Albay Facebook Group show the runway, terminal, airport control tower, and aerial views of the international gateway.

The new international airport is set amidst picturesque plains of the Bicol region. Screen-grab photo of Albay Facebook video.
Aerial view of the Bicol International Airport under construction. Screen-grab photo of Albay Facebook video.
BIA terminal under construction. Screen-grab photo of Albay Facebook video.
Design perspective of the final BIA. Screen-grab photo of Albay Facebook video.

With reports from Blesilda dela Cruz.

Travelers have flocked to Bicol region for its many attractions, including photographer Per-Andre Hoffman whose photograph of the Mayon Volcano bagged the Top Tourism Prize at the 2019 PR-Bild Awards in Hamburg, Germany and the “Follow Me” viral vloggers from Russia who showcased the Mayon Volcano.

Albay is also the home of the mother of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray. the fourth Filipina Miss Universe titleholder created her iconic “Lava Walk” inspired by the active Mayon Volcano and won the pageant wearing a flaming red gown also inspired by the volcano.

SEND cheers in the comments below to the people of Albay as they get ready to welcome more international travelers!

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