MANILA, Philippines - The government will no longer allow private planes to operate in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by 2015 to ease congestion in the Philippines' main gateway, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
In an interview on ANC Business Nightly Wednesday, February 6, Abaya said this will allow commercial airlines to mount additional flights.
Private planes and flying schools that are operating in the Manila airport would be transferred to Sangley Point in Cavite, said Abaya.
This would happen once they move the Philippine Air Force's 15th Strike Wing from Sangley Point to Laguindingan airport in Cagayan de Oro.
"We hope to operationalize Laguindingan in April this year, that is not a moving target, that is fixed. DOTC or CAAP will then take over Sangley and masterplan and develop it as the general aviation hub. Timeframe is two years so hopefully within 2015, we will move out general aviation to Sangley," Abaya said.
Small aircraft operators, including flying schools and private airlines of the country's richest, have been using NAIA for decades. They occupy a small portion of the NAIA airport complex, but their flights account for about 17% of total landings and take-offs at the airport runway.
Currently, the criss-crossed runway is accommodating 45 landings and take-offs per hour. If international standards are followed, there should only be 36.
Congestion in NAIA has resulted in delayed flights and numerous airline passenger complaints. - Rappler.com
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