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Old March 27th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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GES | General Santos International Airport

Here are some pics of the General Santos City Airport. I got these from another forum. Nothing "modern" here but it looks very, very promising.

Judging from the pics, it seems that it has a very big land area. So more space for potential cargo facilities especially for import/export, courier, etc..etc..







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Old March 27th, 2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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Great, a thread dedicated to updates on GES. Would love to hear some more news on General Santos Airport.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 03:27 PM   #3
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nice pics bai. it sure has a big land area and has more room for expansion. however, with only 2 flights per day, i should say that there is no need for expansion..
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Old March 27th, 2006, 04:08 PM   #4
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The determining factor for expansion is, of course, the market. GenSan is a small city and the suburban towns around it are not that mature either.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 04:14 PM   #5
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visited gensan airport so many years back and had the opportunity to be even step on those forbidden areas. yep, the facilities are very good and underutilized. i wonder what the plans are of the gensan government in the so and so years. sayang masyado ang airport.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 04:59 PM   #6
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Aside from DVO, GES is the only other airport on Mindanao that can handle wide-bodied aircrafts right?
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Old March 27th, 2006, 06:51 PM   #7
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A taxiway is included in the original design of the airport, however it was not constructed and maybe part of the future expansion (if ever there will be)... One big airbus (A330 or A343) or B744 of PAL and one B737 service of Air phil are the only two flights operating in the GenSan Airport everyday..considering that the size of the GenSan Airport is far bigger than the Davao Airport.... Sayang ang lugar, sayang ang pera... sana inexpand nalang Buayan Airport and for the airport to have siguro mga 3 to 4 B737 daily....
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Old March 27th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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Gen. San is a domestic airport of International standards right? It is also one of the airports whre PALs frequent travellers can enjoy Mabuhay Lounge not available in other major trunklines in the country...
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Old March 27th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #9
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A taxiway is included in the original design of the airport, however it was not constructed and maybe part of the future expansion (if ever there will be)... One big airbus (A330 or A343) or B744 of PAL and one B737 service of Air phil are the only two flights operating in the GenSan Airport everyday..considering that the size of the GenSan Airport is far bigger than the Davao Airport.... Sayang ang lugar, sayang ang pera... sana inexpand nalang Buayan Airport and for the airport to have siguro mga 3 to 4 B737 daily....
the cotabato airport would have been the ideal choice for an expansion. gensan was trumpeted as another boomtown 7 years back, i don't know what happened after that. if it's just based on tuna and pineapples (pardon my ignorance here), then it needs a much bigger push for an economy to really take off and then pal and other airlines can expand the number of flights. i really wish gensan can takeoff as complementing economy to davao city.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 08:07 PM   #10
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as far as i know the reason why gensan is so big is that it was actually built for military purposes. the us military wanted to build a base here to fight the muslim abu sayaf. somehow though they were not allowed to after all. any further infos ?
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Old March 27th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #11
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Richard, isn't that an overkill? Besides I think the plan for GenSan airport was done even before the abu sayaf became an international notoriety.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 08:24 PM   #12
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i heard about it as being built for military purposes richard, but here's the twist, it was not for abu sayaf. the first time i heard about it was 1996 (abu sayaf was a much smaller force then), the version i had was it was as an alternative base from subic and clark. now i'm just realizing this, the u.s. was thinking of probably 10-20 years ahead. so now they have this balikatan exercises somewhere in mindano. this i don't want push as a fact, just what i heard a decade ago.
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not bad...the terminal looks decent from the outside. Does PAL A340s regularly serve the GenSan route?
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not bad...the terminal looks decent from the outside. Does PAL A340s regularly serve the GenSan route?
PAL's A343 flies to GenSan about 2 to 3 timess weekly and the rest are operated by the A330....

The title of the thread is "General Santos City Airport", can anybody show pictures of the other airport in GenSan??? The Buayan Airport......
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Old March 28th, 2006, 09:23 AM   #15
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that's really small, looks like a landing strip

gensan is doing ok as a city, it really just a working class town though and too close to davao to develop certain kinds of service industries at it's present state of development, perhaps in a few years it will look better
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:44 AM   #16
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Hope to see a Davao like air terminal in GenSan soon...
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:58 AM   #17
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I think Buayan Airport is now the home of the Philippine Air Force school for future pilots. Fernando Air Base in Lipa, Batangas I understand is currently being phased out.

GenSan's future, however, is too tied up with Indo-RP Agreement on tuna fishing. Most of Celebes Sea belongs to Indonesia, actually Sulawesi is a big island in Indonesia.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #18
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I hope they don't change it to Emmanuel Pacquiao City Airport
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:50 AM   #19
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Or worse, Emmanuel Pacquiao International Airport (EPIA) like NAIA.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 12:20 PM   #20
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A better name would be General Paulino Santos International Airport...hehehhe
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