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, http://thestandard.com.ph

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JG Summit Ready To Join SMC For USD 10B Airport Project


MANILA, Philippines—Gokongwei-led JG Summit Holdings, owner of dominant budget airline Cebu Pacific, is open to partnering with San Miguel Corp. should the government approve the latter’s proposed $10-billion international airport in Manila Bay, company president Lance Gokongwei said. The planned airport, which was recently presented to President Aquino but still requires various approvals from several departments, was aimed at decongesting Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Gokongwei also welcomed San Miguel’s airport suggestion, citing Naia’s single runway as a factor behind congestion at the aging Naia complex, which handled about 32 million passengers last year.

“We will certainly consider [San Miguel’s airport] if we were approached,” Gokongwei said.

“Clearly, the limiting factor is now capacity. Any plan to increase access to a capital city like Manila should be thoroughly considered,” he added.

Airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, partly owned by San Miguel, would benefit from a new airport. PAL, for example, claimed that it loses about $2 million per month due to delays related to airport congestion.

Ang’s proposal calls for a four-runway international gateway, which would occupy half of the 1,600 hectares San Miguel would need to reclaim in Manila Bay. Gokongwei was among three groups that Ang said San Miguel could partner with. He also cited Henry Sy’s SM Group and Ayala Corp., led by the Zobels.

Each of these companies also made unsuccessful bids for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport public private partnership deal, which was bagged by Megawide Construction Corp. and India’s GMR Infrastructure last month.

SM confirmed in a stock exchange filing Tuesday that it would consider participating in San Miguel’s airport proposal. Ayala Corp. managing director Eric Francia said in an e-mail to the Inquirer there have been no discussions at this time.

The proposal was still in the early stage and the Department of Transportation and Communications said it would invite San Miguel to provide more details.

The proposal would be under a build-transfer-operate scheme and will have transport links including a proposed 15-kilometer Airport Expressway linking to Fort Bonifacio, Ortigas and Eastwood, with alternative routes to Makati City.

It also includes plans for an “airport express rail service” that would bring the total travel time between the airport and the Makati City financial district to 11 minutes. Ang said San Miguel would welcome an open bidding process should his proposal be accepted by the government.

“Everybody will have an equal chance to build this airport using the same location, same idea and same study, which I have provided the government,” Ang said in an interview last week.

Source: Miguel R. Camus, PDI

SMC Reviews Airport Partners


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By Jennifer B. Austria, MST
Image Source: Angelo Agcamaran

San Miguel Corp. president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said Tuesday he is studying offers from several conglomerates interested in teaming up with his company to build a $10-billion Manila Bay airport.

Ang said in an interview he received calls from SM Investments Corp. vice chairman Tessie Sy and JG Summit Holdings Inc. president and chief operating officer Lance Gokongwei about the proposed airport project.

International Container Terminal Services Inc. chairman Enrique Razon Jr. was also quoted as saying last week he was willing to team up with SMC on the venture.

“I am thinking about it,” Ang said, when asked whether he was ready to form partnerships with interested parties for the airport project.

San Miguel early this month presented the proposed $10-billion modern international airport project to President Benigno Aquino III.

Ang said under the plan, the airport project would be designed to have four runways capable of handling 150 million passengers annually and could accommodate 250 takeoffs and landings per hour.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has a capacity of only 40 takeoffs and landings per hour, he said.

Ang said while San Miguel could handle the financing of the project and it was willing to invite other businessmen such as the Sys, Gokongweis and Zobels to participate in the development of the project.

Ang said the airport would be built on the project started by Cyber Bay Corp., which has already reclaimed 157 hectares in Las Piñas and Parañaque.

Ang said as the whole project would require 1,600 hectares of land, San Miguel was in talks with a potential partner that would oversee the reclamation and construction of the project.

San Miguel, which also owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, proposed to finance the $10-billion construction cost of the new airport project, including an expressway that will connect the airport to the Makati central business district.

Ang said to enable San Miguel to recover the huge investments, the conglomerate proposed to operate the airport for a long-term period.

He said the proposed airport project would be more modern than the airports in Hong Kong and Singapore, both of which only have two runways.

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, abs-cbn.com