PH Aviation Authority Favors New Runways Over SMC’s $10B Airport

PH Aviation Authority Favors New Runways Over SMC’s $10B Airport

MANILA, Philippines – Not everyone, it seems, is convinced the new US $10B airport project in Manila proposed by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon Ang is the best way to decongest the overly-crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) itself prefers constructing new runways over building Ang’s ambitious, massive project, believing the government could save billions if it decides instead to concentrate on improving the existing NAIA.

CAAP Director general John Andrews said building additional runways, which is estimated to cost P36 billion, is far less cheaper than Ang’s US $10 billion airport; not to mention the time it would take before the proposed project can be finally completed and operational. The length of construction, according to the CAAP chief, can be compounded by the delay-prone reclamation works. (Click here to read more)

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