Masbate Airport is the only domestic airport serving the entire Masbate Province in the Philippines, and is located in the city itself. It is classified as a minor domestic airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). As of January 2013, the CAAP has designated a project to improve and expand the Masbate Airport facility, in order to accommodate larger aircraft and an increased volume of flights.
Officially known as Moises R. Espinosa Airport, the Airport was named after Moises Espinosa, Sr., the then-Representative of Masbate who was assassinated at the airport in 1989.
Masbate Airport has a singular terminal. It processes flights operated by Zest Air, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines connecting to the capital city of Manila. This terminal is a single-level facility, with the Arrival and Departure areas located on the same level. All passenger areas of the Airport are accessible by foot.
Services and Facilities
The Airport consists of check-in counters for each airline, with passenger waiting areas, and a tax collections counter. The Departure and Arrival areas of the terminal are segmented, with different entrances and exits. The office of the VTI Masbate Travel and Tours, which is the main airline ticketing company servicing Masbate, is located in the Masbate Airport complex.
What to see and do
It is the main gateway from around the country and region into the province of Masbate, endowed with the rich spoils of an untouched tropical island paradise. This province, nestled in the Bicol Region of the Philippines, comprises three major islands – Masbate, Ticao, and Burias – with the modern Masbate City being the capital and largest city in the entire province.
It is known and loved for its spectacular diving spots, rustic cattle ranches, and colorful festivals, with the large-scale Masbate Rodeo every April as the only rodeo show in Asia. Masbeteno is the native language spoken here, although English and Tagalog are also spoken and taught in all schools.
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