NAIA PPP Project

After the successful awarding of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport PPP, it is now the turn of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

So far, three local companies have expressed interest in bidding for the Php. 74.6 billion contract to modernize and operate Manila’s NAIA. Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, San Miguel Corporation and Ayala Corporation are eyeing the country’s most coveted airport PPP project.

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Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer of SMC, said Wednesday that they planned to join the bid. “We will join all the bidding [of PPPs] to support the government,” Ang said.

Rene Almendras, Ayala managing director and CEO of AC Infrastructure Holdings, said the group was studying the project.

“We are definitely looking at it,” Almendras said. “I met a few foreign partners abroad. So there are many people who will be looking. We want to make sure we put a good team. It’s a complex project, an international gateway.”

The NAIA development project was initially planned under the Aquino administration. The National Economic and Development Authority board approved the project only last week.

In its initial version under the Aquino administration, the NAIA development project was aimed at transforming the Philippines’ main gateway “into a world-class modern airport facility.” The private partner was also expected to upgrade existing terminals to increase capacity and handle operations and maintenance activities.

Apart from the NAIA PPP, the government also plans to pursue a PPP to develop and modernize the Bacolod-Silay, Iloilo, Davao, Laguindingan and New Bohol airports in a deal that has lured San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific, Aboitiz, JG Summit and Megawide Construction Corporation apart from international players.

In 2013, most of the country’s largest conglomerates participated in a bidding for the contract to expand and operate the Mactan Cebu International Airport, which was bagged by a consortium between Megawide and India’s GMR Infrastructure.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, PDI.


Sideline: Massive Iran Air’s Future Fleet

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These Airbuses and Boeings are bound for Iran Air:


17 A320s & A330s

21 A320 CEO

24 A320 NEO

27 A330 CEO

18 A330 NEO (series -900)

16 A350 (series -1000)

12 A380


15 B777-300 ERs

15 B777-900

4 B747-8

40 B737 MAX

6 B737 NG

21 B737

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Major Developers Eye Mactan Int’l Airport Property

Foreign and local developers including Ayala Land Inc. and SM Prime Holdings Inc. have expressed interest in developing a five-hectare property adjacent to the Mactan Cebu International Airport into a mixed-use real estate project.

Louie Ferrer, president of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp., operator of  Mactan Cebu International Airport, said the company presented the master plan for the prized property to various real estate companies.

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GMR Megawide expects to complete the selection process for a real estate partner over the next two months.

GMR Megawide is a Filipino-Indian venture that won the contract to expand and operate MCIA.

Under the plan, the five-hectare property will be leased to the winning bidder, which in turn will develop the property beside the airport into commercial development with hotels, malls, casino and parking areas.

Ferrer said the winning bidder needed to obtain a gaming license from state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. for the casino portion of the project.

The mixed-use development should be completed by 2018, in time for the first phase of the modernization of MCIA.

The five-hectare property is a part of the 25-year contract for the expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport which GMR Megawide bagged in 2013 when it submitted a winning bid of P14.4 billion.

The contract involved the renovation of Terminal 1 of Mactan Cebu Airport and the design, financing, construction and operation of Terminal 2.

Construction of Terminal 2 started in 2015, which would increase the airport’s overall passenger capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from 8 million in 2015.

The expansion will also enable MCIA to host more flights from Cebu.

Source: Jenniffer Austria,


Metro Pacific To Bid for NAIA PPP

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation expressed interest in bidding for the P74.5-billion contract to operate and maintain Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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“Yes, I heard about it…We are discussing. We will look at it. We don’t know the terms yet obviously,” Pangilinan, Metro Pacific chairman, told reporters over the weekend.

The National Economic and Development Authority board headed by President Rodrigo Duterte approved last September 14 the NAIA project, which involves awarding a 15-year to 20-year concession to the private sector to improve, operate and maintain the four terminals of NAIA.

Transportation Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Robert Lim said the agency was in the process of finalizing the terms for the bidding of redevelopment, operation and maintenance of NAIA. “By January next year, we will release the advertisement to invite interested companies to bid in the project,” Lim said.

Other companies also expressed interest in joining the bidding. “We are very interested in the Naia when that is privatized,” Aboitiz Equity Ventures president and chief executive Erramon Aboitiz said earlier.

The private partner of the Naia PPP project will improve, upgrade and enhance the operational efficiencies of all existing terminals covering both landside and airside (except air traffic services) to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization standards and develop the main gateway airport of the Philippines.

It is a project of the Transportation Department and Manila International Airport Authority. The NAIA PPP project was one of nine projects approved by NEDA costing Php. 171.14 billion.

Source: Alena Mae S. Flores,

Vanilla Air of Japan Flies to Cebu

Japanese LCC Vanilla Air, a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways, is scheduled to fly to Cebu (Philippines) beginning December 25, 2016.

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The daily flight will depart from Tokyo Narita. Vanilla Air will be the first Japanese airline to fly to Cebu. It faces competition on the same route from Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.



Cebu Pacific Expands Clark Int’l Airport Operations


Starting December this year, the country’s largest airlines Cebu Pacific (CEB) will increase its flights out of Clark International Airport.

CEB currently operates 21 weekly flights out of Clark to Singapore, Cebu, Hongkong, Macau. CEB will increase these to 27 weekly flights.

Starting 16 Dec 2016,  CEB will increase the following frequencies:

  1. Clark-Cebu-Clark, from 3 to 6 times/week
  2. Clark-HKG-Clark, from 7 to 10 times/week

CEB hopes to stimulate economic trade and investments in Central Luzon.



Skyjet Air Adds BAe 146-200

Skyjet Air acquired an additional BAe 146-200 from an undisclosed Peruvian operator. The BAe is scheduled to arrive by end of October. Currently, Skyjet Air operates a pair of BAe 146-100.

This will allow Skyjet to increase its flights to Basco (daily), Busuanga (twice daily) and Caticlan (3x daily).

Skyjet Air BAe 146-100


PH Airlines Seek Addt’l Seat Allocation


Cebu Pacific is seeking additional seat entitlements to China and Bangkok according to Civil Aeronautics Board.

The airline filed for additional 1,792 seat entitlements from Manila to Shanghai and vice versa under Protocol 1 of Asean-China Air Transport Agreement.

Philippine Airlines is also seeking additional 1,100 weekly seats to Korea in accordance to the existing confidential memorandum of agreement entered into between the governments of the Philippines and Korea in November 2015.

PAL flies 11 times a week each to Busan and Seoul in Korea currently.

Philippines AirAsia is asking for 1,260 additional seat allocation weekly to Korea.

Saudi Arabian Airlines, False Hijacking Alarm

A Saudi Arabian Airlines passenger plane is pictured parked at the tarmac of Ninoy Aquino International airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. © Erik De Castro / Reuters

A Saudi Arabian Airlines passenger plane is pictured parked at the tarmac of Ninoy Aquino International airport in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. © Erik De Castro