Transfer of Private Planes To Sangley Set

MANILA, Philippines --- There will be no more private aircraft operating in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Complex by 2015 as the government gradually transfers their operations to Sangley Airport in Cavite City, airport authorities said on Friday.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado confirmed the statement of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, saying private planes will vacate hangars inside the crowded NAIA complex and no longer compete for the usage of the in-demand NAIA runways together with big aircraft.

Honrado said the transfer of the general aviation services to Sangley Airport in Cavite is expected for completion by 2015.

"We plan to transfer the general aviation to Sangley and it will be completed by 2015," he said.

But Honrado, in a previous interview, said the transfer of general aviation to Sangley in Cavite will only commence with the completion and operation of Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental to

accommodate the commercial flights in Cagayan de Oro Airport.

This is because the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will have to move to Cagayan de Oro Airport to free up its airbase in Sangley, Cavite City, which will in turn accommodate the general aviation services that will move out of NAIA.

"It will be a sequential movement," Honrado said.

The official said the sequential movement of the general aviation services to the PAF base in Sangley was already approved by the Department of National Defense in a memorandum of agreement that it forged with the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The diversion of general aviation services away from NAIA is the Aquino Administration's solution to decongest the jampacked complex, which caters to domestic and international flights, chartered private flights and even fish runs, which transport fresh sea products using light aircraft.

According to the MIAA, the general aviation space and hangars occupy at least 44 hectares within NAIA. These services include air charter, air cargo, aviation training, aircraft maintenance and corporate flight operations. The area was leased by MIAA under its mandate.

Fish runs have already moved operations to Sangley since May and the runway use of general aviation services as well as flying schools was already limited to off-peak hours to reduce the demand. Honrado said he was given word that flying schools operating within NAIA will be moving to different locations starting 2013.

Honrado said the sequential movement requirement of the general aviation services is causing procedural delay in the decongestion of NAIA.

"But we see still the complete movement of the general aviation, flying schools, and fish runs out of NAIA within the term of President Aquino," Honrado said, referring to May 2016, when the President's six-year term ends.

Last July, former Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas said about 90 percent of Laguindingan Airport's civil works have been completed by the South Korea-based Yooshin Engineering Corp., the SCHEMA Konsult, Inc., and the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd.

However, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center has yet to bid out operation and maintenance of the airport facility.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Militants want US Marines pulled out of Negros
    Militants want US Marines pulled out of Negros

    The militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) is calling for the pullout of US Marines who arrived in Sagay City, Negros Occidental last Wednesday to train Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and members of the allied forces. The SAF commandos and the allied forces will secure the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting in this city. Bayan-Negros secretary general Christian Tuayon said the US troops might violate the human rights of activists, especially those …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • China subs outnumber US fleet – admiral
    China subs outnumber US fleet – admiral

    China is building some “fairly amazing submarines” and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top US Navy admiral told US lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior. Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee that China was also expanding the geographic areas of operation for its submarines, and their length of …

  • 3 Pinays on Forbes power women list
    3 Pinays on Forbes power women list

    Three Filipina executives, who are all daughters of known business tycoons in the country, made it to Forbes’ list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia. Teresita Sy-Coson, vice chairman of SM Investments and chairman of BDO Universal Bank, was included in the list for the fourth year in a row since its inception. “Under her (Sy-Coson) lead SMIC became the largest listed company on the Philippine Stock Exchange by market cap. Also in the 2015 list is 70-year-old Helen Yuchengco-Dee, …

  • Pacman mega fight tax exemption up to Congress, BIR
    Pacman mega fight tax exemption up to Congress, BIR

    Malacañang is leaving it up to Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to consider a proposed special tax exemption for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in his much-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday it will have to be discussed by Congress because lawmakers are the ones who enact tax exemptions, special or general. Pacquiao has been dogged by unsettled tax obligations with the BIR. …

  • Binay backs house arrest for JPE, GMA
    Binay backs house arrest for JPE, GMA

    Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday supported proposals to put Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo under house arrest. “Government prosecutors are opposing house arrest for… Enrile. Binay issued the statement after the 91-year-old Enrile was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on Thursday due to pneumonia. House arrest for him would be the compassionate thing to do,” he added. …

  • Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel
    Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel

    The $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday. The gown, embellished with 6,000 natural white pearls, was stolen from Nyong'o's room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, during the day on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in West Hollywood said. "Ms Nyong'o was not in the room at the time of the theft," Deputy John Mitchell …

  • US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians
    US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

    The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians. The raids on Thursday struck areas around the town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without giving information on possible casualties. The town remains under the control of Kurdish forces, but at least 10 surrounding villages have been seized by IS, along …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options