Monday, June 19, 2017

Gov’t shelves private bids for new airports

Manila: The government has put on hold unsolicited proposals for new airports to serve Manila as it focuses on measures that can be undertaken immediately to address congestion at the country’s main international gateway.

Manuel Antonio Tamayo, undersecretary for aviation at the Department of Transportation (DOTr), told reporters the National Economic and Development Authority has decided to defer the unsolicited proposals submitted by All Asia Resources Reclamation Corp. (ARRC) and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for a new airport.

“It’s still there. It’s still being considered. But it’s not immediate. It’s more of medium term. What we need now is the short term. We need to immediately decongest Manila,” he said.

ARRC is proposing to build an international airport, seaport as well as a mixed-use development on reclaimed land off the coast of Sangley Point in Cavite.
Unsolicited proposals for the Clark Airport are also taking a backseat for now.

The group of GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India and Megawide Construction Corp. submitted a proposal to the government to develop the Clark International Airport to be able to handle up to 100 million passengers per year over a period of 50 years, worth close to P200 billion.
19/06/17 Philstar Global