Hulugpaan sang Sipalay (Hiligaynon)
Paliparan ng Sipalay (Filipino)
|Owner/Operator||City Government of Sipalay|
|Serves||Sipalay, Negros Occidental, Philippines|
|Location||Brgy. San Jose|
Sipalay Airport (Hiligaynon: Hulugpaan sang Sipalay; Filipino: Paliparan ng Sipalay), also known as San Jose Airstrip and formerly known as Maricalum Airstrip, is an airport serving the general area of the city of Sipalay, Negros Occidental, in the Philippines. It used to actively serve the private planes of mining companies present in the area. The airport serves occasional chartered planes en route to the commercial and private resorts in the area.
Formerly owned by the Maricalum Mining Corporation, which shut down its copper mining operations in 1996, the airstrip was awarded to the City Government of Sipalay by a decision of the Regional Trial Court in Kabankalan, in the seat of Judge Henry Arles. In 2005, the City Council of Sipalay passed City Ordinance 2005-009 that laid down the expropriation of the property as an airport. The most notable guest to land in the airport was the private plane carrying then presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro, while campaigning in 2010.
Most air traffic to the airport is controlled from Bacolod-Silay International Airport and usually hosts short flights from Bacolod or Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport. A resort diving facility uses the airport to service VIP guests from Bacolod or Dumaguete to Sipalay, and onward flights to Cagayancillo Airport in Palawan, using a 6-seater chartered Cessna. Air Juan serves as the first commercial flight in the airport.
According to former Mayor, now Vice-Mayor, Oscar C. Montilla, the opening of the airport to commercial operations will boost the tourism initiative in southern Negros, adding further to the average of 50,000 tourists visiting the city alone. He further added last March 31, 2013 that SEAir has shown interest in operating charter flights to Sipalay. The airport will fulfill the role of a reliever airport mainly for the Kabankalan City Domestic Airport under construction.
In May 2012, Former Negros Occidental Vice-Governor Genaro Alvarez, a pilot by profession, said that in only a few days should commercial operations commence as the runway only needs a grader and road roller to clear the runway.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Juan||Cebu, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa|
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