The proposed new airport in Bulacan by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has finally been given the green light to start construction by early 2019.
The Bulacan International Airport aims to replace the already congested 70-year-old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), said SMC president Ramon Ang in a statement.
According to Ang, this P700 Billion project promises to create over 1 million direct and indirect jobs during its six-year construction period.
The conglomerate is hoping to tap the talents of our highly-skilled Filipino workers specially those working overseas. The ambitious project will be looking to hire engineers, construction workers, and those coming from the hospitality industry or any airport-related services. Ang said,
Hopefully, this will give many of our OFW countrymen a reason to come home, be with their families, and at the same time help in building a better future for our nation.
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The 2,500-hectare international airport and aviation complex will feature four parallel runways which can be upgraded to six, state-of-the-art terminals, cargo and ancillary facilities, an adjacent industrial complex, and even its own seaport facility on the edge of Manila Bay.
The massive complex will be able to accommodate about 100 million passengers per year, a stark improvement from the current airport’s maximum capacity of only 35 million split between four terminals. NAIA is currently operating way beyond its peak capacity, causing not only inconvenience but also safety issues for both passengers and airport staff.
The Bulacan International Airport is approximately 27 kilometers away from the Metro Manila City proper. Once operational, SMC promises that the airport will be accessible from the city via multiple roads and expressways in 45 minutes or less.
Talks on adding a new international airport to support the old NAIA has been going on for years. The Bulacan International Airport is one of the two new gateways proposed.
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