Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Manila Airport Authority earmarks P3b to build Panglao airport

Roderick T. dela Cruz
The Manila Standard
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news2_feb24_2009

THE Manila International Airport Authority yesterday said it will invest P3 billion to build the Panglao International Airport in Bohol province.

Tirso Serrano, assistant general manager for airport development and corporate affairs, said the consultancy firm TGCI Engineers had completed the feasibility study while Phil JAC Inc. had been commissioned to do the new airports detailed design.

The agency, which has administrative control and supervision over all international airports, said it would also help upgrade and build Caticlan Airport, the gateway to the resort island of Boracay.

Alfonso Cusi, general manager of the airport agency, said the Ninoy Aquino International Airport had increased its capacity to 32 million passengers a year with the opening of Terminal-3.

The agency also disclosed plans to expand the terminal to better handle the increasing passenger traffic.

Last year, the Naia complex handled about 90 percent of all international traffic in the country and accounted for more than 22 million international and domestic passengers. That represented 75 percent of all passenger movements nationwide.

Aside from opening Terminal-3, the agency also expanded the Terminal-1 arrival lobby and made other renovations to make it more functional.

“The Naia complex would undergo further improvements in the years to come as this is essential to keep up with the demands of our stakeholders, airline operators and passengers,” Cusi said.

He said the use of wide-bodied jumbo jets had made the upgrading of the Naia’’s landing strip necessary, particularly the shoulders, to accommodate the wing span of new aircraft.

The runway could now accommodate new aircraft such as the Airbus A380, Cusi said. Two gates per terminal could fit the wide-bodied jumbo jets, he said.

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