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DOTC eyes Sangley Point, Laguna de Bay as new airport location

(PHOTO) Philippine Star
Aviation Updates Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications is looking at Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna de Bay as the possible site of a new international gateway that would replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in an interview that the Japan International Cooperation Agency is initially looking at the former US naval base in Cavite as well as the country's largest lake as the possible site of the new airport.

JICA is conducting a site selection study for the new international airport that is a long-term development to be commenced and completed in 15 to 20 years.

The DOTC wants to put into operation a new international airport by 2027 with the joint development of the congested NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

To meet these expected volumes, the government has identified two viable options that involve the expansion of CIA as well as the development of a new international airport roughly within 20 to 30 minutes of Metro Manila.

One option entails the closure and sale of NAIA by 2030, with the new international airport to be operational by 2027, which would provide 78 percent of the required passenger terminal building while the CIA would handle 22 percent.

Even parallel to this, the DOTC has begun preparatory measures to boost expansion efforts at the CIA and to identify the site for the new international airport.

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