DOTr Aims to Develop New Airports to Complement NAIA, Clark

by | Jan 22, 2019 | blog | 0 comments

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the development of other airports to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), under the intent of the Duterte administration, currently prioritize two airport development projects. The first one is a new airport in Bulacan and the other is the Sangley airport in Cavite.

The airport complementation strategy is done in a bid to decongest NAIA. The tactic is to provide travelers with more options and spread development across Luzon.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “The idea of having multiple airports is something that the world’s biggest economies do. Ideally, there should be a train service linking these airports, which is also being pursued by the government. This complementation strategy was already part of the air transport roadmap from day one, and rest assured, that’s what we are going to do.”

The new Bulacan airport is an unsolicited proposal from the San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC). The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved the project last April 25, subject to resolution of pending issues, such as a submission of “Joint and Several Liability” agreement by SMHC and its parent company.

The DOTr also welcomed the proposal of the provincial government of Cavite to develop the Sangley airport. However, the approval process will be defined once the Cavite LGU determines the legal framework for its implementation.

These projects being developed led the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Board to approve the grant of original proponent status to the NAIA Consortium for the airport’s rehabilitation project. The concession will run for 15 years.

Tugade points out, “Apart from these new gateways, we are improving our existing provincial airports. We are extending and expanding runways, building new passenger terminal buildings, and generally improving the facilities.”

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the development of other airports to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), under the intent of the Duterte administration, currently prioritize two airport development projects. The first one is a new airport in Bulacan and the other is the Sangley airport in Cavite.

The airport complementation strategy is done in a bid to decongest NAIA. The tactic is to provide travelers with more options and spread development across Luzon.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “The idea of having multiple airports is something that the world’s biggest economies do. Ideally, there should be a train service linking these airports, which is also being pursued by the government. This complementation strategy was already part of the air transport roadmap from day one, and rest assured, that’s what we are going to do.”

The new Bulacan airport is an unsolicited proposal from the San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC). The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved the project last April 25, subject to resolution of pending issues, such as a submission of “Joint and Several Liability” agreement by SMHC and its parent company.

The DOTr also welcomed the proposal of the provincial government of Cavite to develop the Sangley airport. However, the approval process will be defined once the Cavite LGU determines the legal framework for its implementation.

These projects being developed led the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Board to approve the grant of original proponent status to the NAIA Consortium for the airport’s rehabilitation project. The concession will run for 15 years.

Tugade points out, “Apart from these new gateways, we are improving our existing provincial airports. We are extending and expanding runways, building new passenger terminal buildings, and generally improving the facilities.”