Sangley Point International Airport construction greenlit by Cavite govt

Phase 1 of the Sangley Point International Airport is expected to be fully operational by 2028. (Photo: Sangley Point International Airport/Facebook)
Phase 1 of the Sangley Point International Airport is expected to be fully operational by 2028. (Photo: Sangley Point International Airport/Facebook)

The province of Cavite has approved the construction and development of the $11-billion Sangley Point International Airport, which will ease air traffic congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Sangley Airport is expected to have a capacity of 80 million passengers yearly, with two runways that can be expanded to four. There will also be a 4-kilometer road that serves as a "satellite runway" between the airport and NAIA.

Phase 1 of the project is expected to be operational by 2028, said the Cavite local government. Meanwhile, the phase 2 expansion will see the construction of a two-way runway system and the airport facility.

The project is also expected to generate at least 50,000 jobs,

"This new airport is the future of the country. This airport is the hope of the country. The Province is just a small player. But if we work together, we can do this for our people," said Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla.

A Consortium of Philippine, European, and South Korean companies, led by SPIA Development Consortium, was given the Notice of Award, according to a statement by the Cavite provincial government.

The group of Philippine companies comprises SPIA, Cavitex Holdings Inc. and House of Investments Inc., part of the Yuchengco Group of Companies. Other members include MacroAsia Corp. of Lucio Tan, Munich Airport International GmbH, and Ove Arup & Partners Hongkong Ltd.

Samsung C&T Corp., the construction unit of the South Korean-based tech giant Samsung, is also among the companies that will lead the project.

The project was initially awarded to a Chinese-led consortium back in 2019 before the Province of Cavite canceled it.

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