The Philippine government has given the go-ahead for a new airport to serve the Metro Manila area in an effort to ease the congestion at the Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport.

After receiving no challengers during a Swiss Challenge, Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corporation is now set to begin work on its PHP 735.6 billion (US$14.5 billion) airport that will be located in Bulacan province – around 40 kilometers northwest of Manila. Covering an estimated 2,500 hectares, the new airport will have a capacity of over 100 million passengers and will be located around 50 kilometers (~30 miles) northwest of Manila.

“This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, Bulacan Airport is part of the ‘basket of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Philippine Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

“It is our single biggest investment in our country,” San Miguel President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in a statement. “The airport will be built at no cost to government, and with no subsidies or guarantees,” he added.

Along with the new airport construction, the San Miguel Group will also develop landside facilities, an airport toll road, and infrastructure for access to the airport.

“As part of a larger infrastructure ecosystem that consists of existing and future expressways and mass rail systems, it will be easily accessible from north and south Luzon and will help in significantly decongesting Metro Manila,” Ang said.

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