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RSA wants to build new airport in Bulacan


San Miguel Corp. is looking at a 2,000-hectare property near Manila Bay in Bulacan as future site of its proposed international gateway which is envisioned to alleviate air congestion and boost the country’s competitiveness in trade and tourism.

SMC corporate information officer Ferdinand K. Constantino said the company submitted for consideration of the government an unsolicited proposal for the construction and operation of a world-class airport.

“The proposed site of the airport will be adjacent to Manila Bay and in the province of Bulacan as confirmed by Transportation Undersecretary Roberto Lim,” Constantino said.

The proposed modern gateway will feature four runways serving either as a replacement or complementary airport to the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which is bursting at the seams and has consistently been voted one of the worst in the world in traveler surveys.

Apart from SMC’s proposal, the government has received an offer from businessman Wilson Tieng who recently teamed up with Bilyonaryo Henry Sy to build a new international airport in Manila.

NAIA, which opened in 1981 with an initial capacity of six million passengers a year, now handles 32 million. Passenger traffic at NAIA is forecast to reach more than 100 million by 2040.

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