One of the most exasperating problems faced by the Philippines is traffic congestion in its different cities which is most severe in Metro Manila, where the NAIA is located. As the country’s premier gateway- NAIA, has reached its full extent in accommodating passengers, the need for building other airports in areas outside of Metro Manila has emerged.
Proposed Bulacan Airport
The New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulakan, Bulacan, is a proposed project by San Miguel Corp., which is also the winner for the proposal to build and operate Bulacan Airport.
The airport is designed to accommodate up to 100 million passengers per year and may be expanded to 200 million as per the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last Wednesday.
The new international gateway is expected to be operational in four to six years from the start of construction.
According to DOTr, the NMIA’s proposed capacity could definitely address the passenger and air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“With four parallel runways planned, it targets 240 aircraft movements per hour,” the department said.
“The project will also include the construction of an 8.4-kilometer tollway connecting the airport to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Marilao, Bulacan,” they added.
Metro Manila Decongestion
In terms of decongesting Metro Manila, DOTr presumed that NMIA will help reduce Naia’s increasing passenger demands.
“This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, Bulacan Airport is part of the ‘basket of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The economic boost
A lot of facilities will be constructed simultaneously as the NMIA is being built creating more job opportunities for Filipino workers.
“With this project, we will generate a lot of jobs and boost not just the local economies of Bulacan but also of neighboring provinces,” San Miguel president and COO Ramon Ang said in a separate statement.
Some of these proposed project facilities are passenger terminal building with airside and landside facilities, an airport toll road, and four runways.
“As part of a larger infrastructure ecosystem that consists of existing and future expressways and mass rail systems, it will be easily accessible from north and south Luzon and will help in significantly decongesting Metro Manila,” Ang added.