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SBIA's History

The origin of Subic Bay's Premier Air Terminal


Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, envisioned a Naval Air Station in the Western Pacific to enhance the Seventh Fleet's capabilities.


Construction of the Naval Air Station began. The Seabees, the Navy's famed mobile construction battalions, handled the task of moving mountains and tearing down a jungle to build the Air Station.


Radford himself made his first landing on the CUBI strip.


After five years of construction, CUBI Point was established as a Naval Air Station (NAS). It was named in honor of the Sonstruction Unit Battalion I (CUBI) that undertook the project. The airline operated twenty-four hours, seven days a week. NAS CUBI Point provided major training capability in the western pacific for navy and marine aircrews.


The Subic Bay Naval Facility was officially turned over to the Philippin Government after the Senate rejected the proposed extension of the RP-US Bases Agreement Treaty. Through Republic Act 7227, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) was created to serve as the administrative body for Subic Bay.


The rehabilitation of the runway and taxiway was undertaken to convert the terminal from being military-puposed to a commercial international airport.


The modernization of the airport was completed, making way for a 10,000-sq. ft. passenger terminal. Federal Express (FedEx) started its operations in Subic Bay as its Asian regional hub, developing the airport as a vital point of delivery in the Asia Pacific Region.


The SBIA received its TUV ISO 9001:2000 certification for Investor Servicing and Locator Assistance.

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