The Senate committee on Foreign Affairs and State Matters (FASM) is recommending the adoption of a resolution that seeks to change the designation of the Palau International Airport’s location to Airai State or Palau.

The FASM committee report dated October 8 pointed out that the current code designations “ROR” and “PTRO” for the Palau International Airport (PIA) under the International Air Transport Association (IATA)and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), respectively, are all in reference to Koror State as the city destination.

FASM committee referred to the current code designations as “an explicit misrepresentation of the geographical location and the state jurisdictional bounds in which the airport is located.”

The Palau International Airport is situated in Airai State but airline tickets would currently indicate Koror as the destination, leading the committee to note that the current code designations are “confusing and misleading to all air carrier passengers.” The FASM also said that passengers arriving at the airport are welcomed by the carriers to Koror even though they arrived in Airai State.

“Introducing new designation codes for the Palau International Airport will bring clarity to all air carrier passengers and will appropriately represent the airport’s location within our Republic,” the committee report read.

The joint resolution for this measure was originally introduced by Delegate Vicky Ngiratkakl-Kanai on July 17, 2019 and was then transmitted to the Senate. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)