Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia has launched the bidding for the P20-billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Expansion project with the publication of the required Invitation to Pre-Qualify and Bid.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) opened the bidding for “airport development, operations and maintenance” for the Bacolod-Silay Airport and five other regional airports in the Philippines, which were earlier described as among the busiest.
The private sector is invited to do the projects, which are to “improve services and enhance airside and landside facilities of the airports by entering into concession agreements.”
Under these agreements, the concessionaires “shall take over the operations and maintenance of the airport, undertake immediate expansion of the passenger terminal building, apron, other landside and airside facilities and other requirements to cater to future demand,” the DOTC said in its bidding announcement.
The DOTC stated that the Bacolod-Silay Airport is the eighth busiest airport in the Philippines in terms of passenger volume, which has been growing at an average rate of 9.6 per cent over the last five years.
Rep. Leonardia said that in 2013, the airport handled 1.3 million passengers, which is way beyond its 800,000 capacity.
“When two to three flights converge there, you could hardly move inside the pre-departure area. It is really time to build a bigger airport,” he added.
The expansion of the terminal and apron will be implemented in three phases.
The project will extend the airport runway from 2,002 x 45 meters to 2,500 x 45 meters while the passenger terminal will be expanded from the 6,187 square meters to 41,900 square meters.