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Philippine SMC’s Bulacan airport seen operational in 3 to 4 years - Mr Reinoso

Infra News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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The Philippine Star reported that the Bulacan airport project, a new gateway seen as an alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, may be ready by 2022 should construction starts this year. Transportation Undersecretary Mr Ruben Reinoso said the development of the Bulacan international airport would be undertaken in phases by conglomerate San Miguel Corp in line with the Department of Transportation’s policy of projects having “partial operability.”

Mr Reinoso said SMC has committed to make the first phase of the project operational in three to four years, which will include two runways and a capacity of 35 million passengers.

He said that “Phase two is another 40 million (capacity), but of course that will depend on the growth of traffic and demand. There’s no point in building the facility if there’s no demand.”

He added that the Department of Finance (DOF) had earlier sought clarification on the planned phased implementation of the airport project.

Mr Reinoso said that “What they (DOF) were saying is that when there was no such phased implementation when it was submitted to the NEDA. But we told them that is the policy of the DOTr, which is partial operability.”

He added that “So we want to do it in phases, so that once a phase is completed, we want it operational immediately. We will not anymore wait for the entire facility to be completed to operate it. Because once you wait for that, then it may take a while before it becomes operational. For us, as soon there is a terminal and a runway already, then you should start operations immediately.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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