MANILA, Philippines – Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the construction of Sangley Airport in Cavite will be finished by October of this year.
“Matatapos po ‘yung construction by end of October, I want it operational [by] October na rin,” Tugade said in CNN Philippines’ The Source.
Tugade confirmed that the Sangley Airport runway is 100 percent finished while the passenger terminal building is around 70 percent complete. Although work is still continuing for the airport’s drainage system and hangars, the October completion is a month ahead of President Duterte’s deadline.
Last June, Duterte ordered the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to make Sangley Airport operational by November to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
Once operational, Tugade said that the airport will accommodate general aviation, domestic flights, and cargo flights. The secretary also added that Sangley Airport will be inspected this Saturday.
Several airlines have expressed their support for the upcoming airport. Tugade shared that the department has been in talks with three airlines and all have “shown willingness to help and make Sangley operational.”
DOTr has also been working on making going to and from Sangley airport easier for those in Metro Manila. Tugade mentioned discussing with the management of Cavite Expressway to connect roads from the toll expressway to Sangley Airport.
Tugade also added that a ferry from Mall of Asia in Pasay to Sangley may be operational by 2020. (HGBH/LMO)
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