New Bacolod-Silay Intl

Bacolod–Silay International Airport (Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Bacolod-Silay, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Bacolod-Silay) (IATA: BCD, ICAO: RPVB) is the main airport serving the general area of Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. This airport replaced the Bacolod City Domestic Airport in 2008. The Bacolod–Silay International Airport inherited its IATA and ICAO airport codes from the former airport. The airport is located fifteen kilometers northeast of Bacolod on a 181-hectare site in Barangay Bagtic, Silay. The airport, which is built to handle international traffic, is expected to become the primary gateway to Negros Island. It is one of the two active airports serving Negros Island Region, the other being Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. The Bacolod–Silay Airport is designated as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.

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Bacolod /bɑːˈkɔːləd/, officially City of Bacolod (Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Bacolod; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Bacolod; Filipino: Lungsod ng Bacolod) and often referred to as Bacolod City, is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental where it is geographically situated but governed administratively independent from it. Having a total of 561,875 inhabitants as of 2015 census, it is the most populous city in the Negros Island Region and the second most populous city in the Visayas after Cebu City. It is part of the Bacolod Metropolitan Area, which also includes the cities of Silay and Talisay with a total population of 791,019. It is notable for its MassKara Festival held during the third week of October. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nickname "The City of Smiles". In 2008, Bacolod City topped a survey by MoneySense Magazine as the "Best Place to Live in the Philippines". The city has also been declared by the Department of Science and Technology as a "center of excellence" for information technology and business process management operations.

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