IATA calls for improved aviation infra in PH
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) wants the Philippine government to build more aviation infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of tourists.
IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac urged the Philippines to build a new greenfield airport which is no greater than 50 kilometers from the city center to meet the needs of the aviation sector.
De Juniac said the aviation sector is seen to contribute $23 blllion to the local economy by 2025 if the government and private sector will build more infrastructure.
“But the social and economic benefits of air transport are at risk if the key issues of airport infrastructure, excessive regulation and taxation are not addressed,” De Juniac said.
Philippine Airlines president Jaime J. Bautista agreed with De Juniac, saying the country should have the necesssary airport infrastructure to attract more tourists.
Bautista said PAL can only fly to other destinations if the proper infrastructure is in place.
“PAL is expanding. We’re taking delivery of planes. We plan to fly to more destinations but we can only do this if we are supported by the government in terms of available infrastructure, “ he said.
According to IATA, passengers are expected to reach 140 million by 2035, more than double the 60 million recorded in 2014.