But the San Miguel Corp. president and COO admits that the delays caused by the COVID crisis, specifically restrictions on construction, would mean a longer timetable for the airport’s completion.
“Originally, we said in the fifth year, we will deliver the airport with two parallel runways with a distance of two kilometers. And in the sixth year, there will be four runways. But today, because the work may not be as fast, maybe instead of five it will be six years,” said Ang in an interview with CNN Philippines.
“So by then, there will again be heavy traffic, congestion on all runways in the world,” he added.
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said airport developers like San Miguel have no choice but to comply with lockdown restrictions.
“Sa private airports proposals pwede natin ituloy ‘yan but with mandates of safety and health. May mga balakid in pursuing these things because of ECQ and GCQ (enhanced and general community quarantine),” Tugade said.
San Miguel is building a 2,500-hectare airport with a passenger terminal building (up to 200 million passengers a year), 8.4-kilometer tollway connecting the airport to the North Luzon Expressway in Marilao, Bulacan.
We don’t know how this pandemic will affect global travel in the medium-term, but we are still pushing through with our plans to build the airport,” Ang said.
“We still believe that a world-class airport is key to sustaining our economic growth and solving our air transport congestion problems,” he said.