P109 billion bringing PHL airports to ‘jet age’

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) lays out plan on modernizing primary gateways and secondary airports in the Philippines within five years. The modernization involves PhP109.63 billion.

The budget is allocated as follows: PhP53.47 billion for four key gateways, PhP48.18 billion for 13 key secondary airports, PhP5.98 billion for the development of 10 old airports to jet-capable airports and P2 billion for projects in 22 other airports.

“We are making sure that our airports are safe and capable also of accommodating A320 jets. We are also modernizing and converting into jet capable our key secondary airports and key secondary tourism locations such as Puerto Princesa, Bohol, Busuanga,” DOTC Undersecretary Rene K. Limcaoco said.

Primary gateways are terminals in Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Mactan-Cebu, Davao and Clark.

Limcaoco said majority of the airports in the country were built during 1960s and meant to accommodate turboprop aircraft which less effective. The expansion and modernization of gateways is part of Philippines’ bid to boost tourism, an important aspect of economic growth.

“The whole program is envisioned and is targeted in order to bring the Philippine aviation sector into the jet age,” the DOTC USec noted.