Is it possible to fly out of the country without Naia?
Perennial problems that haunt the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has forced the government to consider developing a new airport for Metro Manila.
Transportation (DOTC) Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya said that the government will push through with a plan to sell Naia and develop a new international airport as a joint project with investor San Miguel Corporation (SMC). SMC President Ramon Ang is set to meet President Aquino this month to talk about the $10b private-public venture.
The secretary added that the new hub will be based on a Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) feasibility study. In the study, Jica pointed to Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna de Bay as viable locations for the new airport.
The new airport will have four runways in an 800 hectare land, doubling the capacity of the Naia. Once finished, the new airport will exclusively cater to Philippine Airlines (PAL) in the first few years. PAL is a subsidiary of SMC.
While the option to replace the Naia is underway, DOTC said it may still consider a twin-airport system that will jointly develop Clark International Airport and Naia. Naia Terminals 1 and 3 are currently undergoing renovations to modernise its services. The government plans to move foreign carrier operation from Naia 1 to 3 in a bid to decongest the terminal.
Naia is currently servicing an annual passenger load of 8 million, almost double its original load of just 4.5 million. The 30-year-old airport is expected to reach maximum capacity by 2018.