While the New Manila Airport is now set to break ground, officials in Cavite Province just south of Manila are still pursuing to build another air travel hub for the Philippine capital region.
The government of Cavite Province has opened up bidding for joint venture proposals for the proposed Sangley Point International Airport.
It is aiming for a local or foreign partner for the proposed air hub at Sangley Point with an estimated cost of around USD $10 billion. According to reports on local media, the deadline for the submission of bids is on November 25.
To facilitate the progress of the project, the Cavite government has elected to pursue the Public-Private partnership route. Such move will not need the approval of the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“Modernizing air transport in the country with a world-class airport project is a huge undertaking. It requires innovative capacities and reliable resources that could be more efficiently expedited with joint public and private sector expertise,” Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla was quoted saying in a report on the Philippine Star.
Similar to the New Manila Airport in Bulacan, the Sangley airport plan would provide another alternative to ease the air traffic congestion at Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport. The main difference is the New Manila Airport will be funded and maintained by Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Group.
The proposed Sangley Airport plan will involve the reclamation of land around the Sangley Air Base which is being upgraded to accomodate civilian flights. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, the Philippine government has planned for the airport to shift some of the small aircraft operations including some turboprop aircraft operated flights from Ninoy Aquino Airport to Sangley.