Government Sticks To Sangley Project

23 May 2014

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Thursday that studies for the establishment of International Airport in Mega Manila replacing Sangley airport in Cavite will continue despite offers from San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to build a $10 billion international airport in CyberBay Corp.’s disputed waterfront reclamation project in Manila Bay.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that government also has its own plans of putting up a new international airport in Sangley by 2027 capable of  supporting 4 runway adjacent to where SMC wants to build their airport.

SMC Airport still has to be approved by Philippine aviation regulators, design of which this early appears to cross wind direction as against flying with the wind, an essential element of building airport runways.   

The new airport plan is part of the transport roadmap that seeks to address growing passenger volume in the country. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is constructing a parallel runway next month to address congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while waiting for the new airport to be completed in 2027.

CAAP Deputy Director General John Andrews said the parallel runway will be completed in 2 years at the cost of 2 billion pesos.

Parallel runways boost airport capacity from less than 40 events an hour to between 60 and 70 per hour, resulting to massive decongestion to about 80 percent of NAIA's air traffic which will allow the airport to grow more capacity in excess of 40 million. 

Andrew said the new parallel runway is only intended for domestic flights and can accommodate aircraft as big as Airbus 321's and Boeing 737-900's comprising majority of all commercial flights in Manila.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency projects passengers from the greater capital region to hit 106.7 million by 2040 from 31.88 million in 2012.

8 comments:

  1. ano ba yan? grabe naman. they are putting all their money to a project that will cost them 2 billion pesos than to an airport that will be given to the government FOR FREE 25 years after that airport will be operated under the SMC management. such short-sighted and costly move by CAAP, I will just hope for the future of philippine aviation.........and NAIA.

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  2. True but let's not attack CAAP's decision to build a parallel rwy at NAIA. It's a short-term solution to buy them enough time to build the mega airport they want. The congestion problem has gone far too worse that a quick solution is needed to ensure safety. For as long as CAAP ensures that a new much larger airport will be built within the next 10-20 years, close to Manila, then I have no qualms about them not pursuing the Cyber bay project. Although yes it's a wasted opportunity but I'm no aviation expert to support or condemn their decision of not building the airport that SMC wanted.

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  3. Sec. Abaya wants to build the airport in Sangley in Cavite City because he is former congressman from that district. So he will be credited from his district and won again if he runs as a congressman but the revenue from that project will be pocketed in his own account. Another filipino political dirty trick. Tsk tsk tsk.

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    1. Correct, I think it would be better to leave it to private consortium to avoid yellow-tapes and corruption!

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  4. 2027 is too far down the road. I guess we will have to suck it up and tiis till then. Idiots

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  5. por dios por santo...poor Filipinos...

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    1. if only those political thieves would be in jail and retrieve those riches they`ve stole from Us!

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