Air travelers should not keep their hopes up that airport congestion will be solved once Sangley Airport starts taking domestic flights starting November this year.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the former US naval facility in Cavite should not be considered as the only answer to ease congestion in the four terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Alam n’yo ho let us disabuse our mind, that the Sangley alone will, you know, decongest NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4,” Tugade said in an interview over Radyo Pilipinas on Friday (June 14).
“To decongest NAIA 1, 2, 3, and 4, you have to have a basket of approaches and solutions to handle that,” he added.
Aside from Sangley, Tugade said his agency was looking at Clark Airport in Pampanga and the Bulacan Airport for expansion.
“Kaya nga bakit nandidiyan iyong Clark na kung saan iyong second
terminal ay matatapos by the second quarter of next year at magiging
operational,” Tugade said.
“Kaya nga nandidiyan iyong sinisipat natin iyong Bulacan Airport na inaasam-asam namin na magkaroon na ng tinatawag na Swiss challenge at ma-ground break before the end of this year ,” he added.
Tugade said there were various ways to decongest the four terminals of NAIA besides transferring domestic flights to Sangley Air Base.
“Ito ho ay samo’t-saring mga pamaraan upang ma-decongest ang Metro Manila at ang NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4,” Tugade said.
Tugade said his agency planning to put up a ferry station to transfer passengers from NAIA to Sangley while a proposal to use Point-to-Point (P2P) buses was under review.
“At habang ginagawa iyan, iyong plano po ng Department of Public Works na magkaroon ng connector’s road eh ginagawa ho iyan,” Tugade said.
On June 11, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the transfer of domestic flights from NAIA to Sangley Air Base by November.
Duterte also wanted airport security to be handled by a single entity, either from the military or civilian force to ensure passengers’ safety. (PNA)