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General Santos International Airport

(GES)

General Santos, Soccsksargen Region, Philippines

IATA Code GES ICAO Code RPMB
City General Santos Country/Region Philippines (PH)
Type

Airport (Aerodrome, Airfield)

Customs
Hub for
Latitude 6.10644 Longitude 125.235
Time Zone +08:00 Phone Number +63 83 553 1277
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General Santos International Airport (IATA: GES, ICAO: RPMR) also known as Tambler Airport, is an alternate international airport located in the city of General SantosPhilippines serving the greater area of Soccsksargen. Situated in Fatima, General Santos, is the largest airport on the island of Mindanao and is officially classified as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), a government bureau which is responsible for the management and operations of General Santos International Airport and all other airports in the country except regular international airports.

The airport was inaugurated on July 6, 1996, in time to serve the influx of visitors, athletes. The new airport immediately replaced the old and smaller Buayan Airport in Barangay Buayan, which has been converted into an air station for the Philippine Air Force and renamed "Rajah Buayan Air Base". Though new, wider and much more modern, General Santos International Airport nevertheless retained its old IATA airport code (GES) from the old Buayan Airport.

It has a single 3,227-meter lighted runway designated as runways 17/35.  Made entirely of reinforced concrete and macadam, the airport's runway is the third-longest runway in the Philippines, after Runway 06/24 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Runway 04/22 of Mactan–Cebu International Airport respectively and is capable of handling the Airbus A380.

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