JUNE 14, 2019 — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says they are speeding up the construction of the Danilo Atienza Airport at Sangley Point, Cavite, after President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Starting Thursday, the construction of Sangley airport will run 24/7 in an attempt to have the airport up and running by November.
“We’re all together, kapit-bisig tayo upang matugunan ‘yung sinasabi ng pangulo, be operational before the end of the year,” Tugade said.
Airline companies are in full support of the government project, adding that their on-time performance has been affected by the congestion in NAIA.
Cebu Pacific COO Michael Shau said the budget airline is prepared to locate its cargo freighters to Sangley point.
“We’ve been voicing our interest already since March and April and we have already committed as early as that to put our first cargo freighter here. And once that is available, the technical specifications, the safety concerns are addressed, then we’ll be more than happy to locate two of them,” said Shau.
Philippine Airlines SVP Siegfred Mison said it will need to study the potential of the new airport before it transfers its operations.
“We fully support this initiative. Of course we need to study the viability in terms of a commercial enterprise, yung pag-move ng other operations dito sa Sangley,” said Mison.
Meanwhile, Tugade adds that the department will still push through with its plans to privatize parts of NAIA, and to construct a new airport in Bulacan.
“Hindi iisang solusyon ang makaka-solve sa congestion sa NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3, NAIA 4. It has to be a basket of solutions. Hindi natin sinasabi kapag nasaayos ang Sangley, tapos na ang problema. May problema pa rin. Kaya nga inaayos natin ang Clark, kaya nga sinisipat natin ang Bulacan,” said Tugade.