HUWAW! Manila Bay Airport Canceled

Thanks to Philippine Ports Authority, Japan International Cooperation Agency has scrapped a proposal to construct a $13-billion international airport in Manila Bay after state-run PPA opposed the plan citing obstruction to the shipping flow in the area. The Philippine government asked JICA to draw up the feasibility study for a new airport.

The central part of Manila Bay is one of the potential sites recommended by JICA for a new international gateway, which is designed to replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City and Parañaque City.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said JICA had decided to drop central Manila Bay as one of the potential locations for the new international airport because of the objection made by PPA. Abaya, a former congressman representing Cavite, said JICA is now looking at Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna de Bay as potential locations for the new international airport.

“The whole feasibility for the new international airport would be completed in 18 months,” Abaya said.

The government wants to build a new international airport that is 25 to 30 minutes away from NAIA, which is expected to reach its full capacity soon.

JICA said NAIA would hit overcapacity this year, when the airport would handle 37.78 million passengers. By 2040, passenger traffic would reach 101.49 million.

NAIA accommodated 36.68 million passengers in 2015, exceeding the 30 million yearly optimal capacity of the terminal. Its maximum handling capacity stands at 35 million passengers a year.

San Miguel Corp., which used to operate Philippine Airlines, earlier proposed to build a new international airport at a reclaimed area along the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road for $10 billion. San Miguel returned the control of PAL to tycoon Lucio Tan.

The proposed airport would have an international and domestic passenger handling capacity of 75 million passengers a year, with the ability to accommodate more than 100 million passengers.

It would be only 11 minutes away from the Makati central business district via a new airport expressway.

The government also plans to offer to private investor NAIA’s operations and maintenance contract as well as as its redevelopment.

NAIA redevelopment includes the augmentation of the air- and land-side facilities to accommodate the expected rise in passenger traffic.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar,

Clark Int’l Airport Holds Key for PH to Reap Rewards of Ballooning Air Traffic


Developing the Clark International Airport as a premier global gateway is a shared responsibility—meaning there should be concerted efforts and coordination between the government and the private sector—as its success would mean the decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), a development that would be felt across sectors.

Aside from developing land transportation, developing a new runway and building support infrastructure, government agencies must also open satellite offices near the area to make the processing of travel documents for overseas Filipino workers faster.

“Most of the passengers [who] fly out of Clark are overseas workers. We wanted the support of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for them to have satellite offices here at Clark,” Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President Emigdio P. Tanjuatco III said.

Cebu Pacific Spokesman Paterno S. Mantaring agreed, saying that this takes away the pain of traveling to Manila that passengers from the North have to experience just to process their papers.

“Relevant agencies have also discussed the need to establish a one-stop government center in Clark, to provide easy access to basic government services for air passengers, especially overseas Filipino workers,” he said.

Mantaring added: “This will ensure that passengers departing out of Clark would be able to secure all necessary requirements or permits for domestic or international travel without delay, while guests arriving in Clark for business or leisure would be able to continue with their onward flights, i.e., via Manila, at the soonest possible time.”

‘No cure for NAIA’

Local carriers must also be willing to give Clark a second chance, as this would eventually entice passengers to use the airport and fill the gap between the supply and demand.

To do this, the government may dangle incentives to airlines that are willing and able to move out from the NAIA to Clark.

“Clark can accommodate at least an additional 100 weekly flights today, which can double every year and handle all flight frequencies in five years in a phased transfer of international flights during the period. The airport and transport authorities can mandate this in an official air-transportation policy that they may enunciate. Although they need much political will to do it,” said Avelino L. Zapanta, an aviation expert . “They can dangle incentives to the first airlines to volunteer to transfer.  Many would soon be willing to transfer anyway rather than not be able to expand services in Manila.”

The five-year phased transfer will require at least six things, he added.

“Clark needs a fourth terminal, the one they have already in blueprint that can handle 80 million passengers a year, which will make Clark an aerotropolis; a third one for low-cost carriers had been approved and is supposed to commence construction in 2016,” he said.

He added that the airport needs a third runway at the opposite side of the aerodrome to allow simultaneous take-off and landing of wide-body aircraft, and also to allow the Airbus A380s to operate there. The third requirement is the construction of a high-speed railway line that will connect Clark and NAIA to allow for connecting flights.

“Fourth is to encourage the operation of helicopter city hopper to connect Clark, particularly with Metro Manila, so that high-end passengers would have an alternative faster transfer service; business executives can even be arranged to land on top of the high-rise building they’d go to in the central business districts,” Zapanta said.

The last two are the establishment of terminals for buses, rent-a-car services, and limousine transfers; and the strengthening of domestic-to-international transfer services.

“Whether we like it or not, Clark will become an international gateway because there is no cure for the congestion of NAIA except Clark,” he said.

Building high-speed railway

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said these recommendations are currently being looked at by his agency. The general direction for Clark, according to him, is for the government to improve its capacity to accommodate further growth.

“The National Economic and Development Authority Board approved the Clark International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building Project last September. Right now, we are about to bid out the detailed engineering design for the development of this passenger terminal building. This project is part of the Clark master plan, which was developed by Aéroports de Paris,” he said.

The new terminal will be done in three phases: the first phase will have an annual passenger capacity of 3 million. It will then be increased to 5 million during the second phase, and eventually to 8 million in the final phase.

Abaya added that the government is also trying to address the need for faster connectivity by constructing a high-speed railway that will connect the northern and southern Luzon.

“In terms of accessibility, there is a long-term plan to extend railway operations in the north through the North-South Rail Project. Phase 1 will be the P171-billion Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-Official Development Assistance project that will connect Metro Manila to Malolos in Bulacan; and Phase 2 will be handled by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority that will connect Malolos to Clark International Airport,” he said.

This, however, will come only in the next five years, according to a timeline provided by Abaya’s office.

Clark vs Sangley

While Clark has been perceived as a Band-Aid solution for Naia’s woes, the development of a new airport based in Sangley Point in Cavite is seen as the long-term answer to the chronic mess at Manila’s main gateway.

The transportation department recently received a pre-feasibility study from the JICA that lists the possible locations of the new airport. The study pinpointed two Cavite-based locations, called Sangley 1A and 1B. As to the official location that will be endorsed by JICA, the transport chief can only speculate.

Whichever the site will be, the statesman noted, however, his camp will be forwarding it to the country’s chief economic-planning body, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board.

Sangley 1A is in the same site as the naval station in Cavite. The other one is near the central Manila Bay, between the military base and a reclaimed area.

The first option will cost both the government and a private-sector partner less than the second choice. The first one only costs $10 billion, while the other is pegged at around $13 billion.

The future airport will boast of four runways, which can handle 700,000 aircraft movements per year. It will have a rated capacity of 130 million passengers annually.

The deal is expected to be implemented under the government’s key infrastructure program, mixed with funding from official development assistance. Commercial operations of the new air hub should start by 2025, just about 10 years from now.

“Sangley came up only with Abaya apparently because it is in his district in Cavite. Clark has always been the subject of development since Fidel V. Ramos’s time. I prefer Clark. Sangley’s reclamation need is huge and will impede commercial shipping traffic in/out Manila Bay, among many other disadvantages,” Zapanta said.

Philippine Airlines President Jaime J. Bautista added that given the amount of time that the government needs to construct a new airport, it is but wiser to consider Clark first before Sangley.

“Sangley is a good plan. But it will take time, right? It will take about 10 years to 15 years to be completed. In the meantime, let’s fix Clark first,” he said.

For his part, Cebu Pacific’s Mantaring said his camp is more excited with the soon-to-be-built Sangley Airport.

“To cater to travelers used to Manila, it would be ideal to develop a new airport closer to the capital city, while forging ahead with the continuous development and improvement of NAIA. In particular, Cebu Pacific looks forward to the optimization of the NAIA runways with the development of rapid exit taxiways, which will allow up to two more aircraft movements per hour and significantly reduce consequential flight delays,” he said.

He added: “Cebu Pacific also highly anticipates the commencement of air-traffic navigation services from British firm Nats Services Ltd., which aim to boost hourly air-traffic movements to 60 from its current 40 limit. NAIA and Sangley Point remain more accessible to travelers from Manila, and would greatly benefit from the government’s proposed expansion projects.”

Triple airport strategy

American Chamber of Commerce Senior Advisor John D. Forbes and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines External Vice President Henry J. Schumacher both agreed that developing Clark instead of Sangley is the best option for the Philippines.

“We support the dual-airport policy. Clark has been marginalized for two decades. With NAIA now at capacity, the government must be more serious about using Clark,” Forbes said. “Sangley and any other NAIA replacement is unlikely for 15 years. Unless Clark and other international airports are used more, tourist arrivals cannot meet targets.” The dual-airport strategy calls for the simultaneous development of both Clark and NAIA.

“We support the dual-airport strategy. We believe budget flight, including part of Cebu Pacific, should be moved to Clark. This will require a fast transit bus or rail system. If it will work on Edsa from Quezon City to Makati, the bus transit could be extended to Clark,” Schumacher said.

But for Philippines AirAsia President Joy D. Cañeba, there is no reason for the government not to develop both airports at once.

“Clark is already a viable airport. Let’s develop this first; but there is no reason for us to develop only one or two major airports as the demand for air travel has grown exponentially and the growth is forecast to continue with increasing low-cost airline operations and the expanding middle class and the Philippines is losing opportunities if we do not start building, expanding and improving airports now,” she said.

The transport chief, for his part, said the government will be keen on developing all three airports to reap the benefits of the ballooning domestic and international traffic volumes.

“The government is developing Clark and is, likewise, going to develop a new Manila international airport. The short- to medium- term plan is to develop NAIA via public-private partnership to expand its capacity in order to meet projected throughput until 2037, which is estimated at 51.4 million passengers per annum. The proposal is for a 15- to 20-year concession under an operate-rehabilitate-add-transfer scheme at an estimated cost of over P120 billion,” he said.

This project, expected to be completed by 2017, is still for the approval of the Neda Board.

“We are developing Clark by building a new passenger terminal building, which will eventually increase its capacity to 8 million passengers annually. In the long term, JICA is finishing its site-location study on the new Manila International Airport,” he said.

But with all these only expected to be completed in a matter of decades, the Philippines will continue to lose its potential passengers to its neighbors in the region.

SOURCE: Lorenz S. Marasigan,

Govt Eyeing $13B Manila Bay Airport

The Transportation Department is set to propose to President Benigno Aquino III the construction of a $13-billion international airport in central Manila Bay, one of the potential sites recommended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

“We have gotten the pre-feasibility. This is a site location study for the new international airport. We hope to push it up to Neda [National Economic and Development Authority] board,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters.

The Neda board is chaired by President Aquino.

Abaya said Jica recommended two locations out of five sites considered for the new international gateway in Manila. The two are the Sangley Point in Cavite and central Manila Bay.

“I think these are the viable locations,” Abaya said.

The government wants to build a new international airport that is 25 to 30 minutes away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City, which is expected to reach its full capacity soon.

Jica said Naia would hit overcapacity this year, by which time the airport would handle 37.78 million passengers. By 2040, passenger traffic would reach 101.49 million.

Naia accommodated 31.88 million passengers in 2012, exceeding the 30 million yearly optimal capacity of the terminal. Its maximum handling capacity stands at 35 million passengers a year.

San Miguel Corp., which used to operate Philippine Airlines, earlier proposed to build a new international airport at a reclaimed area along the Manila-Cavity Coastal Road for $10 billion. San Miguel returned the control of PAL to tycoon Lucio Tan.

The proposed airport would have an international and domestic passenger handling capacity of 75 million passengers a year, with scalability to accommodate more than 100 million passengers.

It would be only 11 minutes away from the Makati central business district via a new airport expressway.

The Transportation Department said it was now focusing its efforts on airside operations, through its Naia Runway Optimization Project, which aimed to maximize the use of the runway and increase hourly air traffic movements from 40 up to 60.

The agency tapped world-renowned air traffic management expert Nats Services Limited, which started gathering data at the airport this week.

Nats will submit its recommendations on Naia’s current airspace, runway and terminal capacity, air traffic and surface operations, runway access points, and air traffic controllers’ training within the next six months.

The Manila International Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will jointly implement the recommended improvement measures for the ensuing six months.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar,

Why NAIA Shouldn’t Be Closed Down

NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.
NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.

MANILA, Philippines – A Department of Transportation and Communications study consultant said the government should improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), and make Sangley the second airport of Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

This contradicts a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is premised on closing NAIA. Ben Lao, who has helped plan airports around the world, said many big cities have two or more airports and NAIA should be one of the Manila area’s airports.

In an interview on ANC’s Inside Business, Lao said it would be a waste to convert an already operating airport to another property development. “You have to look at airports in the context of a metropolitan area. Great cities in the world with more than 10 million population have more the one airport because of the demand… What we need is NAIA in conjunction with a new airport… to accomodate the demand for the next 50 years or more,” he said.

“We should keep the airport there because it’s already operating, managing and accommodating 33 million passengers a year, with its limited assets, real estate and it has done quite well considering,” he added. The DOTC said it has not decided if and when the government will close NAIA. “The decision to close down NAIA will be based on traffic growth and market forces,” the DOTC said. Lao said NAIA just needs an additional runway, like the one proposed by San Miguel and PAL president Ramon Ang, the technology to increase take offs and landings, and improvements in the terminals.

He said the new runway will need political will because it involves expropriating some land in Moonwalk and Multinational villages in Paranaque. But the DOTC said it’s not that simple since there are safety and airspace issues to consider. “The development of a new runway at NAIA is currently being evaluated because there are issues in the proposal, such as the displacement of hundreds of families, safety issues, and an already restricted airspace,” the DOTC said. The department did not say whether it considered this before Ang publicized it and whether it’s already hired experts to study the issues.

“The procurement process for the NAIA Runways Optimization project was started on 14 November 2013. Most bidders, however, were unable to comply with the legal requirements under the procurement law which is why we had to hold subsequent biddings,” the DOTC said. The government agrees that new technology can increase takeoffs and landings. In fact, then DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas was discussing this before he left the department in 2012.

But the DOTC said it only started to try to hire experts on this in November last year. Terminal improvements include redesigning how people flow through them and adding trains that will make it easier for passengers to make their connecting flights. “I think the authorities should engage the airlines in this process and make them a partner because there’s a symbiotic relationship between the airlines and airport authorities to begin with. To see what can be done and what can be done to maximize the efficiency, flow, and comfort level of the passengers,” Lao said.

The architect said such improvements can help NAIA serve Metro Manila and surrounding provinces for the next 20 years. But Lao said it would help if the government already starts using and investing in Sangley as the area’s second airport. “While we maximize NAIA where we improve the comfort level, the efficiency and basically clear out the clutter at NAIA, we should concurrently plan a new airport that would take care of traffic demand in the future… That could be sangley because it has an established flight path, and runway operations,” he said. He said reclamation could easily bring Sangley to four runways in the decades ahead.

The JICA study, released by the DOTC over a week ago, said Sangley was the best site for a so-called new NAIA, over seven other sites in Luzon, Manila Bay or Laguna Lake. Sangley got the highest rating in 8 out of the 9 criteria. The closest competitor was a Laguna Lake reclamation proposal. Manila Bay, similar to one of Ang’s proposals, ranked third on the JICA study.

Source: Coco Alcuaz, ANC    

Panglao-Bohol Airport: 5 Groups Bid for the Airport Project

MANILA, Philippines – Five groups are vying for the P4.8-billion (US$109 milion) Bohol Airport construction and sustainable environment protection project, based on documents from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

According to General Bid Bulletin No 13 – 2014, issued by DOTC undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, the prospective bidders – who already submitted their technical proposals – are the following:

the tandem of Maeda and Toyo Corporation

the joint venture of Taisei Corporation and JATCO

Shimizu Corporation

the partnership of Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsui Construction Company Ltd.

the joint venture of Chiyoda and Mitsubishi Corporation

The DOTC said the project involves building a new airport in the municipality of Panglao in Bohol. This airport will replace the existing Tagbilaran airport. The DOTC said the project would have 6 components and would be funded through a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The first component covers the general requirements. These include insurance, employer’s and engineer’s facilities, environment management, and project and maintenance equipment. The second component involves building of access roads and airport infrastructure, including the runway strip, runway taxiways, and others.

The third component covers utility works, including the water supply, power supply, and sewage treatment. The fourth component covers the passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, driver’s lounge, car parks, toilet, guard houses, and others.

The project’s fifth component is the air navigation facilities while the sixth component is the aeronautical ground lighting works.

The bidding for this project is limited to Japanese nationals in the case of the prime contractor, allowing for other nationalities in case of the sub-contractors. Should the prime contractor be a joint venture, the DOTC noted that the prime contractor should be Japanese and that they should contribute more than 50% of the total contract amount.

The DOTC added the bidding would be conducted through a single-stage two-envelope procedure with no prequalification, in accordance with the applicable guidelines for procurement under Japanese official development assistance loans.

To qualify, a bidder should submit its audited balance sheets or financial statements showing that its net worth calculated as the difference between total assets and liabilities should have been positive for the last 5 years.

Bidders should also have a minimum average annual construction turnover of 8 billion yen (US$78 million) and its joint venture partners should have been a subcontractor or management contractor for at least 10 years. –

Clark International Airport The Best Alternative To NAIA, Says Economist

Among the three alternative locations for a new gateway, Clark International Airport is the most feasible to replace the congested and outmoded Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which was built in 1981.
At this point, expanding Clark International Airport would be the most feasible given the existing facilities there, Alvin Ang, a professor at Ateneo de Manila University’ Economics Department, told GMA News Online on Tuesday.
“Kaunting development na lang ang kailangan,” he said.
The 33-year-old NAIA is now processing 30 million passengers a year or two million shy of its 32-million capacity.
In anticipation of a three-fold increase in passengers by 2040, the Department of Transportation and Communications in November 2013 identified two feasible options: to expand and upgrade Clark International or build a completely new gateway facility 20 to 30 minutes away from Metro Manila.
French airport operator Aeroports de Paris is doing a feasibility study on a master plan and design for a P7.2-billion budget terminal that will expand passenger capacity of Clark International to 15 million a year from its current 5 million.
“In other countries, international airports are located outside of the capital for less costs on getting right of way,” Ang said.
Determining which the best location for the new gateway entails a good analysis of cost and benefits of the alternative areas, the economist said.
“The cost is important at dapat mas maraming benefits, like accessibility, income for government, affordability and more people, goods and services will be moved,” Ang said.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formally recommended Sangley Point in Cavite as the location of a new international airport to replace the congested NAIA in a presentation last June 13.
The good thing about Sangley Point is it was a former base, Ang said.
“May airport na doon, but you need roads or train to access it,” he said, noting this will require government to shell out money to buy the necessary right-of-way.
Sangley Point is a former US Navy base in southwestern Cavite province, 20 minutes away from Makati City.
Last month, Ramon Ang, president and COO of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp., made a separate proposal to President Benigno Aquino III for a $10-billion airport.
The proposed airport will be located in a 1,600-hectare property owned by Cyber Bay Corp., straddling the cities of Las Piñas and Parañaque along the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
However, the economist said San Miguel’s proposal is quite expensive as the project would need to reclaim more land and spend more for right-of-way to accommodate the road infrastructure.
“Marami na ang nakatira sa Las Piñas at Parañaque kaya mahirap din kumuha ng right-of-way,” Ang said.
“Pero kung hindi government ang gagastos, it’s okay,” he added.
The expansion of Clark International Airport will benefit a new sprouting metropolis, Clark Green City, of state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority.
Clark Green City, which covers 40,000 hectares that encompasses the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone, will be developed as a destination for investors.
The master plan for Clark Green City was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority NEDA board on May 30.

DOTC Study Recommends Sangley Point As Location Of New International Airport


MANILA – A study commissioned by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has recommended building an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at a former U.S. airbase in Cavite province.

According to DOTC, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) last Friday presented its recommendation for a new international airport at the Sangley Point.

“It will now begin working on a feasibility study, with the aim of inaugurating a new main airport by 2025,” DOTC said.

The department said JICA’s study has yet to be presented to President Benigno Aquino III. The government wants to build a new international gateway that is 25-30 minutes away from NAIA, which will reach its full capacity as early as 2018.

DOTC, whose head Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya is a politician from Cavite, had been looking at either Sangley Point or Clark, another former US airbase that has since been transformed into an economic zone. Most airlines fly out of NAIA, with less than 10 operating from Clark in Pampanga province.

Available data from DOTC show that NAIA aircraft movements – defined as takeoffs and landings – went up to 255,000 in 2011 from 171,000 in 2006.
 At the same time, the fleet of commercial airlines using NAIA doubled to 119 from only 62 in 2008. These aircraft serviced 30 million passengers last year, up from 18 million in 2006.

Earlier, San Miguel Corp (SMC) proposed to build a new international airport at a reclaimed area along the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road at a cost of $10 billion.

San Miguel’s proposed airport, which would be pursued as a build-operate-transfer (BOT) project, would be located on 1,600 hectares of newly-reclaimed land and would be separated from adjacent areas by a drainage channel.

The airport layout is based on an international and domestic passenger handling capacity of 75 million passengers per year, with scalability to cater to more than 100 million a year. A separate passenger terminal facilities are planned for full-service and low-cost airlines. The terminals will have up to 164 contact gates serviced by protected passenger boarding bridges and walkways.

Once built, the new airport can accommodate all international and domestic operations at the NAIA. International and domestic operations will be co-located allowing for more convenient international-domestic connect times.

The new airport would be only 11 minutes away from the Makati central business district via a new airport expressway rail service.
 The proposed airport expressway would be 15-kilometers long, providing quick access to Fort Bonifacio, Ortigas and Eastwood as well as an alternative route to Makati.

SMC has a 49 percent stake in Philippine Airlines Inc (PAL), which the food-and-beverage conglomerate acquired from tycoon Lucio Tan, who still holds the remaining 51 percent of the flag carrier.

Source: Darwin G. Amojelar,


Foreign Firms Eye NAIA Runway Consultancy Deal

MANILA, Philippines – Three foreign companies expressed interest in the P91.4-million consultancy contract to increase the runway capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the 3 firms included Mitre Corporation of the United States, NATS Ltd of the United Kingdom, and Copenhagen Airport of Germany.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the agency would still pursue the runway optimization project despite two failed biddings.

“The likes of Mitre, NATS, and Copenhagen Airport have expressed interest. NATS in particular did a consultancy in Hong Kong and Singapore and they have increased movements by 20%,” Abaya said.

According to representatives from the UK-based NATS Ltd., it is possible to increase the capacity of the existing NAIA runway to between 50 and 60 movements per hour from the current 40 movements per hour, the transportation chief said.

“We need that kind of expertise to tell us what so we improve our movements per hour,” Abaya added.

Improving the airside capacity of the country’s main international gateway involves increasing runway movements, improving slot schedules, adding infrastructure, and upgrading technology.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Capt John Andrews earlier said airlines lose at least P7 billion a year because of congestion in NAIA.

Passenger Volume

To better accommodate an increasing number of passengers, the DOTC is also planning to push through with the construction of a 2.1-kilometer parallel runway, to be constructed south of the existing primary runway 06/24.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said that passenger volume in the Philippines increased in the first quarter of 2014 to 9.65 million, up from 9.55 million in the same period last year.

International passenger traffic reached 4.50 million while domestic air traffic increased by 1.5% to 5.13 million.

“Growth has been slow but positive and we hope to improve it this year. The CAB will continue to support Philippine tourism and business travels through strategic and key bilateral aviation partnerships,” CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said.

A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed that the number of passengers in Greater Capital Region would hit 106.7 million by 2040 – more than triple the 31.88 million recorded in 2012.

To address this, the DOTC is eyeing a new international airport by 2027 with the joint development of NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation also plans to put up an international airport in a 1,600-hectare property along the Manila-Cavite expressway coastal road. –

Manila Bay or Sangley?

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.

Source: Jon Carlos Rodriguez,


DOTC Open to JICA Plan to Build Airport in Sangley

The Department of Transportation and Communications will consider a proposal to build a $10-billion international airport in a former US naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite as part of a “dream” infrastructure plan, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said.

Abaya said in a recent interview that the Sangley airport project, which would require about 2,000 hectares of reclaimed land and support four runways, was ready to be presented to the board of the National Economic Development Authority, chaired by President Aquino.

The Sangley airport proposal was prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which included the massive alternative air gateway as part of a Metro Manila transportation “dream plan” aimed at easing congestion in the capital district through various mass transportation solutions.

“The dream plan is about to go to the Neda board,” Abaya said. “Jica needs Neda approval on their dream plan before they conduct the FS [feasibility studies].”

The Sangley airport proposal and that of San Miguel Corp. are aimed at providing alternative sites to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which has been suffering from congestion issues partly due to limitations from its single primary runway.

Abaya said the proposed airport in Sangley was similar in size to the 1,600 hectares San Miguel would need to reclaim for its airport project near the CyberBay Corp. reclamation project in Manila Bay.

Abaya said JICA’s airport project was estimated to cost “in the same ballpark” as the $10-billion airport proposal of San Miguel, which partly owns flag carrier Philippine Airlines.

While acknowledging that a new airport serving Metro Manila would not be completed by the time Mr. Aquino steps down in mid-2016, Abaya said the government was keen on laying the groundwork like starting land acquisition and reclamation activities within the next two years.

“We are hoping to start that and show we are committed to the project,” Abaya said. He said the government would likely enlist the private sector’s support for an airport project of this scale via an open bidding process.

San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang earlier said that an open bidding was acceptable should the government choose San Miguel’s proposal.

Ang also said he was keen on partnering with other local conglomerates like Ayala Corp., Henry Sy’s SM Investments and the Gokongwei Group’s JG Summit Holdings.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, Philippine Daily Inquirer