Offshore airport eyed near Sangley

Move to decongest Naia, boost tourism

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A map of Sangley Point military facility, which used to be a US naval station. The developer of Aseana City, near the Entertainment City by the Manila Bay, is looking into the viability of developing an offshore airport near Sangley Point. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

The developer of Aseana City, which owns key development real estate neighboring the so-called Entertainment City, is looking into the viability of developing an offshore airport by reclaiming land near the Sangley Point military facility in Cavite City.

Delfin Wenceslao Jr., chairman of Aseana Holdings Inc., said in an interview that an offshore airport would ease congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) complex, drive tourist growth to the Aseana Business Park that hosts both Aseana City and Entertainment City, and address security concerns posed by the traditional mushrooming of real estate developments around airports and other sensitive facilities located inland.

With four first-class hotels, casinos, business process outsourcing buildings, condominiums and related facilities being put up at the Aseana Business Park, the area could become a convention and tourism hub, Wenceslao said. Its proximity to the convention and shopping areas of nearby SM Mall of Asia complex could attract a huge number of foreign and local tourists, he said. Specialized schools being built in Aseana City would also make it an ideal place for residential and business developments, he said.

Wenceslao said his company already knew through a study that it was technically viable to construct an offshore airport. “What we’re trying to answer is, is it financially viable to put up the airport now?” he said, noting that Hong Kong had the same island-airport model.

Studying the financial viability of having an offshore airport to keep pace with developments in the Aseana Business Park, among others, would require about P100 million to P200 million, the construction expert said.

The offshore airport, he said, would be located six or seven kilometers from the Aseana Business Park. “We’re talking of creating about 1,400 hectares, minimum, with right of way so that we don’t have issues with the military,” Wenceslao said. A two-kilometer causeway could be built to connect the offshore island to the mainland, he said.

The financial study could easily be completed, he said, if the government would support such an undertaking through the current airport administration in Naia.

“The present airport has a single runway and if this gets blocked or congested, the traffic has to be converted to Clark. The recourse is to put up a second runway with a common tower, or just put up an airport in one site. Sangley is expandable and will not be encroached (upon) by other developments because it would be an island,” Wenceslao said.

The financial study would push through if the government would support it, Wenceslao said. If the project would be found viable, the government could provide the site or develop the offshore airport on its own, he said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AT4JS2V6UH237DLSPJNVS2MA4U Antonio

    Maganda sana kung my connected rail system… aside from a coastal road connecting the island to the main island why not connect a rail system with it. Yan dapat ang pinopondohan ng government… for the future ika nga… Pro active tayo hindi reactive lang. kung panget ang airport natin hindi lang dapat ipaparepair ang NAIA bagkus humanap na din ng alternatives para sa hinaharap… kung funding ang problema, ipasa nalang ang SIN TAX bill.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlowe.eseller Marlowe D Eseller

    This is a good project, given the entrance and exit highway is thru coastal highway or a new one thru Aseana and MOA. SM and Aseana will surely gain from this. I prefer a Tropical design Terminal. =) They can surely build up to 4 runways there. With the construction of SLEX and NLEX interconnection this airport is very accessible, it is a 15 minutes ride to Makati! Sangley is very much available, it’s a government property. This is more feasible than building a rail to Clark.

  • http://twitter.com/Fieldwarp Fieldwarp

    I don’t mind where they will put a good nice efficient airport. by the way, any airport that is going to be propose or built should have 2 runway as a standard.
    the distance does not matter as long as the infrastructure of going to and from the airport is highly accessible. i.e high speed train, wide and reliable road system. not only to manila but should also cater to the outlying provinces, so the ones coming from the provinces do not need to pass thru manila and be caught up with the traffic congestion. something like connections to Nlex and Slex those should be part of the overall design. not only the airport.

    high speed train should also be connected to key provinces not only to manila. like angeles city, cavite,laguna, batangas,

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    KALOKOHAN YAN

    pag peperahan lang tayo
    ng mga intsik switik
    kawawa na naman tayong pilipino

    pera pa natin sa bangko
    pang gigisa sa atin

    just finish the tracks
    between naia and macapagal

    then the trains to run it
    kahit 110 kph lang

    built by the government
    funded by bonds bought only
    by pilipinos

    managed using world parametrics

  • H_A_B_A_G_A_T

    HAHAHA malamang ung nakaisip ng idea neto na ilagay sa cavite eh di pa nakakaranas mag drive papuntang cavite.

    naku naman, magisip isip naman sana at mag research.

    nakakatawa isipin na nanghihinayang sila as 2 hrs travel going to clark airport from manila.
    eh kung ereresearch mo ang mga main airport ng ibang bansa gaya ng Incheon airport sa Korea, morethan 2hrs pa nga un from seoul.

  • Mac Ariel Quirante

    Not ideal..Cavite is so Floody  and super traffic area.
    I’ve seen Clark land area..Its really wide and spacious..
    However, its far from Manila. So, this needs a high speed train like progressive countries do.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

    what a waste..by the time the new airport bets finished in Cavite, the roads will hopelessly be clogged by traffic, and that area will most likely be submerged by more floods….

  • carlcid

    Wouldn’t a new airport be better situated outside the Metro Manila area? Let’s give the provinces a chance to grow!

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