The Department of Transportation (DOTr) continues execution of the plan to move general aviation flights to Sangley Point by yearend as it aims to wrap up rehabilitation works in the former military base.
Developing general aviation operations in Sangley would further ease crowding in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), as business jets administering in the country’s main gateway would be relocated.
Transportation Undersecretary for aviation Manuel Tamayo announced the DOTr has a budget of P500 million for the improvement of the Danilo Atienza Air Base.
“It has not been maintained for a long time. The runway was shortened to 1,200 meters. Now, I’m happy to tell you it’s back to 2,300 meters. It has been completed two months ago,” Tamayo said.
“Now what we are constructing are the hangars and the passenger terminal building. We’ll be setting up a new tower and that will be developed to be night rated as well,” he said.
Tamayo said the objective is to complete all of these constructions within the year.
“That’s the target, to move general aviation to Sangley. Once operational, that is when we will push for general aviation,” he said.
The provincial government of Cavite, for its part, is currently working on its proposal to develop a new international airport in Sangley Point and has been given a mid-year deadline by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to resolve all issues surrounding its offer.
Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla prior uttered ambiguity if they can meet the deadline set by Tugade.
However, he said they are preparing everything at the moment to be able to comply with all the requirements and is seeking all avenues imaginable to push through with the airport project.
News source: Philippine Star