Gov’t eyes more air­ports to un­clog Manila hub

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

Manila's con­gested in­ter­na­tional air­port, the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA), once was dubbed the world's worst air­port in sur­veys by travel web­site The Guide to Sleep­ing in Air­ports.

Im­prove­ments have al­lowed it to es­cape that list­ing since 2015, but it re­mains overly con­gested.

Trans­port Un­der­sec­re­tary Roberto Lim said a multi-air­port sys­tem could in­clude the NAIA, an ex­panded Clark air­port in Pam­panga that could han­dle eight mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year, an­other 2,500-hectare (6,177.5 acre) air­port in Bu­la­can, and pos­si­bly yet an­other air­port and sea­port in the for­mer United States naval sta­tion in Cavite.

The De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion is eval­u­at­ing a pro­posal by con­glom­er­ate San Miguel Corporation to build the P699 bil­lion ($14 bil­lion) air­port city com­plex in Bu­la­can, Lim said.

The NAIA han­dled 36.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2015 — more than the 30 mil­lion com­bined ca­pac­i­ties of its ter­mi­nals.

Last year, 5.9 mil­lion tourists ar­rived in the Philip­pines, and the tar­get is to at­tract 12 mil­lion by the year 2022, said Tourism Un­der­sec­re­tary Ben­ito Beng­zon Jr., adding that the gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing more air routes to achieve its goal.Nearly 99 per­cent of ar­rivals in the Philip­pines, an ar­chi­pel­ago, are through air­ports.

Chris Navarro

Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen. Ron­ald ‘Bato’Dela Rosa and Vice- Gov. Den­nis Pineda dis­cuss ways to en­sure the safety of Korean com­mu­ni­ties in An­ge­les City and Pam­panga dur­ing last Wed­nes­day's fo­rum at Royce Ho­tel and Casino, Clark Freeport Zone. -

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