Sangley Airport on track for operational dry run on Oct. 29 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Sangley Airport in Cavite is on track for its operational dry run on Oct. 29, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the airport construction is now 95 percent complete.

The department noted that as of Wednesday, completed works include the asphalt overlay and clearing of end of the runway, concrete pavement reblocking, installation of two pumps including the drainage system, ramp construction, and landscaping and streetlight installations.

Also completed were the construction of access road, installation of CCTV surveillance system, counter, weighing conveyor, meteorological equipment setup, and mobilization of two modern fire trucks.

The installation for the flight information system is also expected to be completed by today.

The DOTr added that the painting of parking bay markings for the ramp is seen to be finished on Thursday as well as the two units of hangar, powerhouse, and cistern tank.

While on Friday, the installation of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI Lights) will also be completed, while the pre-departure lounge will be outfitted with four new passenger-friendly chairs.

The DOTr also reported that the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has already positioned a pontoon boat in the pier area, while a temporary shelter will be erected on October 27.

A planned ferry service to Manila via the Mall of Asia in Pasay is intended to be made available for passengers.

It can be recalled that in June, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to meet the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to have it operational by November in a bid to decongest air traffic in Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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