Ongpin, Gokongwei airlines to fly from Sangley starting Feb 15
Two aviation companies are set to use the Sangley Airport right after its official inauguration on February 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.
DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said Alphaland Aviation, owned by bilyonaryo Bobby Ongpin, plans to transfer its Manila-Balesin flights to Sangley, with its inaugural flight taking off on Friday.
“Alphaland will have its first flight tomorrow (Friday) morning. Alphaland operates Balesin routes. Immediately after, they will transfer their operations from Manila and Clark to Sangley,” Libiran said.
Balesin is a private vacation island along the eastern coast of Luzon, 60 nautical miles east of Manila, which features its own private airport, white-sand beaches, and members-only access, according to Alphaland’s website.
Libiran said Cebgo, budget airline of the Gokongweis’ Cebu Pacific airline, will also transfer cargo operations at the Sangley Airport.
On Thursday, the DOTr officials led by Secretary Arthur Tugade visited Sangley Airport for final ocular inspection before Saturday’s official inauguration.
Tugade was joined by Undersecretary for Finance Garry De Guzman, Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Jim Sydiongco, DOTr Project Manager Gil Pamatmat, Philippine Ports Authority Port Planning and Design Department Manager Reynald Parafina, and Unimasters Conglomerate president Wilson Chan.
The revival of Sangley as a general aviation and turboprop cargo operations hub was made upon the directive from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to utilize the airport and help ease air traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), according to DOTr.
Tugade has ordered round-the-clock construction of the airport that started in June 2019 after Duterte directed to the DOTr to “immediately” start the operations amid reports of flight delays and cancellations last year.