• Sangley Point eyed as possible airport land

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications is looking at Sangley Point as one option for a new international airport.

    Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that, Based on the Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA] study Sangley’s proximity to the capital city at 20 minutes by land makes it an accessible choice. Another is the Laguna de Bay,” referring to the possibility of reclaiming land from Laguna de Bay to host the new airport.

    He added that it is impossible to look for an area in Metro Manila measuring 2,000 hectares to host the new international airport.

    During the summer of 2012, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) suffered delayed and canceled flights from the congestion of the airport.

    The government has since ordered a reduction in traffic at the premier airport as a stop-gap measure.

    The Aquino administration also pursued a policy of shifting traffic away from Manila and toward other growth centers like Clark in Pampanga.

    Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive officer of the International Airport Transport, said recently that the Philippines is missing out on great economic opportunities that could be facilitated by air transport. He added that the country also has a bad reputation for safety, inadequate airport capacity and high taxation.

    In 2012, NAIA became the 34th busiest airport in the world, as passenger volume increased by about 8 percent to 32.1 million passengers.

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    1. This idea has been broached to the DOTC as far back as 2010. The reasons for making Sangley the alternate to NAIA is quite obvious, but strangely, the reasons why the DOTC took this long to realize them are not.

      But, with ample political will and a renewed sense of urgency, there’s a slight chance they can make this happen before PNoy’s term ends, and claim the single biggest accomplishment of his administration.

    2. Pedro Penduko on

      This is a great plan as long as the planners include infrastructure for high speed access to the airport. This will also allow room for expansion like Hongkong’s Chek Lap Kok airport, which was built mostly on reclaimed land. Sangley’s existing runway could be lengthened and another runway could be built to double the airport’s capacity. Moreover, a larger terminal can house all international carriers with ease.