Tugade: Subic airport may be operational again by Q2 2019

Ian Nicolas Cigaral - Philstar.com
Tugade: Subic airport may be operational again by Q2 2019
(From left) Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, MTD Clark Inc. chairman Isaac David, MTD Clark Inc. president Nicholas David , Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and CEO Vivencio Dizon, and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the media on a tour of the New Clark City spanning the city of Angeles in Pampanga and the towns of Capas and Bamban in Tarlac, today, July 4, 2018. New Clark City is one of the flagship projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, which Secretary Dominguez said will drastically alter the Philippine economic landscape, create over a million jobs per year and bring the country’s logistics backbone up to par with other economies in the world’s most dynamic region.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation on Wednesday floated again its plan to revive the Subic Bay International Airport, which could be operational before the first or second quarter of 2019.

Speaking to reporters, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said “serious talks” are ongoing on the proposed revival of Subic airport. He declined to give an estimate for the cost of the project.

To “give life” to the airport, Tugade explained that Subic airport’s aviation instruments must be upgraded to ensure safe landings. There are no problems with the airport’s structures, he added.

“I think the airport will be operational in due time,” the Transportation chief said. “Perhaps it will be operational before the first... second quarter next year.”

In 2010, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority planned to convert the airport after US delivery giant Federal Express transferred its Asia Pacific hub from Subic to Guangzhou in China.

Tugade first mentioned the DOTR’s plan to restore the Subic airport in 2016. The proposal aims to decongest the overstretched Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Seeing the deterioration of the Manila airport, Tugade earlier said the government is “entertaining” proposals to build airports outside the capital.




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