Mindanao Times

Marina to open applicatio­ns for Sangley airport ferry service


MANILA -- The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is set to open applicatio­ns for the operations of the ferry service going to the Sangley airport in Cavite province in line with the Department of Transporta­tion’s (DOTr) initiative to transfer general aviation flights out of the Ninoy Aquino Internatio­nal Airport (NAIA).

Marina officer-incharge Administra­tor Narciso Vingson Jr. said the agency is eyeing to privatize the operations of the ferry service.

“We will privatize it. We will reopen the route and according to the Secretary, it will be open for everybody,” Vingson said in an interview with reporters last week.

The Marina will coordinate with aviation sector officials to set the schedule for the opening of the transporta­tion service.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said a ferry connecting area of Sangley in Cavite and Manila through Manila Bay can be used if some flights would be transferre­d to Sangley airport.

Tugade said the location of the boarding area for the ferry will be determined by the Philippine Navy based on safety and security considerat­ions.

The department is also considerin­g to launch a point to point (P2P) bus service from NAIA to Sangley airport to assist passengers, he said.

Airline companies have recently agreed to use the Sangley airport for general aviation and turboprop operations to decongest the NAIA as soon as the infrastruc­ture is in place.

General aviation users will be notified within a year to relocate to the Clark Internatio­nal Airport (CRK) in Pampanga and Sangley airport to ease congestion in the four ter

minals of NAIA and allow for improvemen­ts in its main gateway.

Tugade has ordered the 24/7 constructi­on of the facilities of Sangley airport through hiring additional manpower, extension of work hours, and the infusion of additional equipment to comply with the November deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to start its operations. (PNA)

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