Bulacan’s New Manila International Airport is actively being built.
Jaime Bautista, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), oversaw the weekend inspection of the New Manila International Airport development in Bulacan, which is 35 kilometers north of Metro Manila.
According to a news release from the DOTr on Monday, Ramon Ang, president, and CEO of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), as well as other transport officials, joined Bautista for the inspection in the town of Bulakan.
The new international airport’s stakeholders received assurances from Bautista that the entrance will soon be open for business. The new gateway’s operations are expected to begin in 2027.
The 1,693-hectare site of the airport is currently being developed.
On September 18, 2019, the government, through the DOTr, signed a concession deal with San Miguel Aerocity Inc. (SMAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Miguel Holdings Corp., and the infrastructure division of SMC. This marked the formal start of construction on the PHP735 billion airport.
In light of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) that was completed prior to the start of work at the airport site, the DOTr and the SMAI are collaborating to ensure that the project complies with environmental protection regulations, notably flood prevention.
The government will fully own the new international airport after it is constructed as part of a “build-operate-transfer” program.
When it becomes operational, the new gateway will not only relieve pressure on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which currently serves as the main entry point to the capital, but it will also change the game and spur economic expansion in Central Luzon. Phase 1 of the airport, which will have a 35 million passenger annual capacity, is anticipated to produce more than 1 million jobs, attract more foreign direct investments, and boost exports.
The new international gateway’s funding, design, building, supply, completion, testing, commissioning, operation, and maintenance will be handled by SMAI as part of the 50-year concession arrangement.
The New Manila International Airport is anticipated to assist in decongesting the NAIA and enable the airports in the Greater Capital Region (Metro Manila and nearby provinces) to meet forecast passenger demand. The airport has a design capacity of up to 100 million passengers annually and plans for four parallel runways.
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