By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is pursuing measures to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), including the development of airports in nearby provinces, President Duterte assured the public last Tuesday.
The President discussed some airport development projects following the chaos caused by a plane runway mishap at the Manila airport last month.
Duterte cited that San Miguel president Ramon Ang has proposed the construction of a modern airport in Bulacan in a bid to ease congestion problems in the Manila airport. Another consortium has proposed to develop Sangley point as an international airport.
“Ramon Ang is there. Iyong consortium nila sa SM nakita ko maganda. Pati itong Sangley [Ramon Ang is there with consortium with SM. I’ve seen and it’s good also the Sangley proposal],” Duterte said over government television last Tuesday.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently approved San Miguel’s proposed P735-billion Bulacan airport project. The proposal involves the construction of a terminal that can handle about 100 million passengers a year.
Apart from the Bulacan ang Sangley airport projects, Duterte mentioned the expansion of Clark International airport as another alternative international gateway.
He noted that Clark airport should automatically have a “plan A and plan B” in case of another plane incident in nearby Manila airport.
The President’s statement came after a Xiamen aircraft skidded on the runway last month, that paralyzed NAIA operations for almost two days. The incident caused the cancellation of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.