QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Manila International Airports Authority (MIAA) admit that the volume of international and domestic operations at airport terminals in Metro Manila continues to increase.
This is why construction of new airport terminals has been recommended.
CAAP Deputy Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo said, “There is a continuous increase in the number of flights in our airlines especially among the local carriers and international carriers, they are applying.”
MIAA Assitant General Manager for Operations Octavio Lina said, “With the huge volume of domestic operations in Cebu pacific that operate in terminal 3, it will still not suffice even if we transfer them to terminal 1.”
Based on MIAA’s data, domestic passengers reached 20.5 million while international passengers totalled to almost 19 million in 2016.
Thus, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the airports in neighboring areas of Metro Manila shall be used.
These include Sangley airport in Cavite and Clark Airport in Pampanga where all international flights in Metro Manila should be moved.
Speaker Alvarez said, “Manila operations, I think it’s better if we give more importance to domestic flights because you want flights from provinces to be there very soon.”
At present, according to CAAP, there are six to seven international carriers in Clark Airport and they continue to have discussions with other airlines.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation is studying the proposal to make Sangley airport an international hub to ease runway and terminal congestions at Manila airport terminals. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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