Is Sangley Point the next Manila airport?
MANILA, Philippines – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recommended Sangley Point in Cavite as the site for the proposed international gateway that will replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In a statement on Monday, June 16, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio abaya said JICA would now begin studying the feasibility of opening an airport at Sangley Point by 2027.
The new aiport will cater to the projected substantial increase in passengers in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces. A JICA study earlier showed that the number of passengers in NCR as well as Central Luzon and CALABARZON would hit 106.7 million by 2040 from 31.88 million in 2012.
Abaya said JICA made the recommendation during a presentation to the DOTC and the Manila International Airport Authority on June 13.
“The DOTC will still have to present the long-term gateway options to the President for approval, including the final location of Manila’s new gateway, as well as the fate of NAIA once a new airport is built,” he added.
JICA was earlier looking at Sangley Point and Laguna de Bay as possible sites for the new airport. Both locations will entail massive reclamation, as the airport requires at least 2,000 hectares.
Abaya said his agency would also look into the $10-billion airport proposal that San Miguel Corporation presented to Malacañang. San Miguel wants to build a 4-runway airport on an 800-hectare property along the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road. – Rappler.com