A new airport that was started in 2009 is set to be operational by the 4th quarter of this year and it is located within a free port zone.
The Cagayan International Airport is a joint venture between Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and a private conglomerate with each having a 58% and 42% share respectively.
It is expected that the new $34.2 million airport in Lal-lo, Cagayan will cut the travel time to CEZA hub into a one-hour plane ride, cutting the 12 hour ride from Manila.
The 2.1km runway was completed last December 2012 and the testing was undertaken by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines last month. The runway can accommodate wide-body aircrafts such as the Airbus A320.
CEZA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Jose Mari B. Ponce said in a statement that “the contractors are now working for the completion of the apron, terminal building and other airport appurtenances. The realization of this project shall intensify investment and tourism opportunities, especially of related ventures such as flying school, medical and other support system for the airport crew and tourism facilities.”
Aside to help in boosting tourism and business opportunities, the airport is also being eyed as a cheaper option to park aircrafts and CEZA is eyeing China, a nation where hundreds of aircrafts are parked at Hong Kong International Airport, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and other Asian airports at high rates and restricted air spaces.
“Considering that it is more or less an hour flight from neighboring Asian airports and with the vast and cheap raw land readily available at the Cagayan (Lal-lo) International Airport, its potential for this booming industry is very promising,” Ponce said.
Once operational, the airport, which will be managed by CAAP, will be installed with typhoon-resistant hangars, refueling stations and repair facilities.
With the new airport is good news to the aviation sector, not-so good news is that the planned new $6-billion international airport by Philippine Airlines was shelved. This could be very well the government’s first casualty on recent rule on ownership of an airport project up for auction.
The new airport, which was planned to be located in Bulacan, is expected to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Citing unclear policy by the Department of Transportation and Communications, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang shelved the project and said that the project proposal was supposed to be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III last month.
The DOTC, through Special Bid Bulletin 02-2013, prohibited any airline-related company in consortium bidding for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion from owning more than 33% of the consortium. The order was actually less strict than the first issued by the agency, which altogether barred airline companies from bidding for the airport project.
Ang, who is also the president of San Miguel Corporation in which has joint ownership of PAL, said that PAL is waiting for the Aquino government to have a clear policy before it presents its plans for an airport stating that “I’m just waiting for everyone else to put their cards down. That is when we will present this to the national government.”
Ang also criticized the government for putting restrictions on companies with interests in airlines and airline-related business from bidding for the Mactan-Cebu international airport project. “If you want the best deal, you let everyone bid. That’s what you call transparent. If you want to be transparent, you have to let everyone join because it will maximize the potential of the project,” he said.
He stated that the PAL airport project can co-exist with NAIA and Clark International Airport (CIA), citing that other countries have more than one international airport.
“PAL’s new airport is welcome news because the International Air Transport Association still preferred that the country should build a new international airport near the nation’s capital than making the CIA as the country’s future international gateway because of Clark’s distance to Manila. Most tourists and businessmen won’t prefer that kind of distance,” Real Estate Professional, Ramon Cuervo III, said. “But the government killed this dream.”
Other airport updates:
- NAIA Terminal 3- will be fully operational on December
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport- Bidding on August or September 2013 with completion on 4th quarter of 2016
- Bicol International Airport- still in legal problems in which a discontented bidder filed a TRO and later a mandamus so DOTC can’t proceed.
- Tacloban Airport- its capacity expansion is said to be ready at 2014
- Panglao International Airport- engineering study has already started and hoping to bid out in October and expects to be completed on 2016.
- Puerto Prinsesa Airport- will have its bidding next month and expects to be completed on January 2016
- Laguindingan Airport- according to sources, it will be opened next month
- San Jose Airport- bidding for the airport’s development of runway widening and expansion and rehabilitation of Passenger Terminal Building started last March 5 and will end on March 26
- Ormoc Airport- bidding for the airport’s development of asphalt overlay of runway and painting of runway markings started last March 5 and will end on March 26
- Dipolog Airport- bidding for the airport’s construction of river protection and shoulder grade correction started last March 5 and will end on April 2
- Kalibo Airport- bidding for the airport’s development of asphalt overlay of runway and provision of runway markings started last March 5 and will end on April 2
The San Jose Airport is a Principal Class 1 domestic airport in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Its planned renovation will boost the airport’s infrastructure. Together with the two other airports of Occidental Mindoro, Mamburao Airport and Lubang Airport, these three airports will help boost the tourism and investments of Occidental Mindoro as what Mr. Cuervo said “it will open the ‘Oro-Gold’ in tourism for the resource rich island of Mindoro.”
“There is a need to improve our airports and use smaller jets to provide fast, safe, efficient and comfortable air travel to all our major tourist and business destinations. Our travel has to be seamless,” Mr. Cuervo said. Mr. Cuervo was also a former Tourism Consultant to former DOT Secretary Gemma Cruz – Araneta and organizer of Business Opportunities in Tourism Investments.In other developments, four firms submitted its bid for one of the segments of the road project funded by a grant from US government through Millennium Challenge Account- Philippines.
The four bidders, according to MCA-P Managing Director and CEO Ma. Victoria E. Añonuevo, are local and international firms and they submitted their bids for the Contract Package (CP) 2 of the Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) last month.
The bids will still be evaluated from three to four weeks, or four to six weeks at most.
The CP 2 of the SNRDP that seeks to rehabilitate the 222-kilometer Wright-Taft-Borongan-Guiuan Road that traverses from Western to Eastern Samar, two of the poorest provinces in the country.
The SNRDP is one of the three projects funded under the Philippine government’s five-year $434-million compact with the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), a bilateral foreign aid agency established by the US Congress in 2004.
The SNRDP is designed to reduce transportation costs through the rehabilitation of an existing 222 kilometer road segment. By bringing about savings in vehicle operating costs and time for both passengers and goods, and by reducing road maintenance costs, the investment will increase commerce in and between the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar, and ultimately increase incomes.
The project will incorporate enhanced safety measures in the final road designs including paved shoulders, construction of sidewalks and curbs where pedestrian activity is higher, improved gateway treatments to indicate where lower speeds are required, and increased use of road narrowing, median islands, and traffic humps to slow traffic speeds.
“For us, real estate professionals, we need to help on developing the infrastructure such as airports, seaports, roads, which are all backbone of tourism. Good working infrastructures will make travelling seamless, especially in using the Tourism Highway plan of former Tourism Secretary, Mina Gabor,” Mr. Cuervo said.
With sources from: http://www.mcap.ph/, Business Mirror, Rappler, Philippine Star