Sangley or Manila Bay? DOTC weighs options for new airport

Posted at 05/26/14 1:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is still weighing its options on the location of a new international airport that aims to replace the overcrowded and aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya on Monday said the agency will incorporate proposals made by San Miguel and Philippine Airlines president Ramon Ang and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the location of the new airport.

Ang proposed a $10 billion airport to be built on a reclamation area along Manila Bay owned by CyberBay.

Ang said he is open to tapping other big corporations like SM and Ayala Corp. as partners for the project.

JICA, on the other hand, is looking at Sangley Point, a former US naval base, in Cavite as a possible location for the new airport.

According to Abaya, feasibility studies will still be conducted once the proposals have been finalized, noting that Ang has yet to formally present complete details of the project, particularly in design.

“At the end of the day, kapag nakuha na din namin ang proposal ng San Miguel or kung ano mang entity, dapat may pag-aaral kung saan bang lokasyon ang maganda para sa atin…Once a decision is made, doon na kami aakyat sa NEDA [National Economic and Development Authority] board coming up with a recommendation,” he told dzMM.

Abaya said the DOTC is also set to submit the proposal for the P7.2 billion low-cost carrier terminal at the Clark International Airport.

He stressed that proposals to transfer all operations of NAIA to Clark has been thumbed down, but the Clark airport will be developed to decongest NAIA.

“Paakyat na kami sa NEDA para mag-submit ng roughly P7 billion terminal para sa Clark. Papalaguin natin ang Clark, pero hindi ang solusyon na lahat tayo sa Clark. Ide-develop ang Clark, pero patuloy na mananatili ang NAIA,” he said.