DOTr: NAIA can only last for 10 more years

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) The deterioration of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is inevitable and it can close in 10 years, the country’s transportation chief revealed on Friday.

"NAIA will not last forever because it is presently situated in a place which is overly congested, and technology and airline travel have improved," Tugade said during the Philippine Economic Briefing held in Pampanga. 

"My fear, it would be 8 to 9 years, at most, 10 years. That’s the lifespan of NAIA," he added.

Tugade said new airports should be developed to keep up with new advancements in aviation technology.

The government is eyeing the possibility of turning NAIA into an economic hub similar to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, he said.

The transport secretary also revealed he is looking into proposals for new airport developments in Sangley and Bulacan.

"I will entertain them (proposals). First come, first serve, because if you develop runways in Bulacan and Sangley, you will have added capacity of runways," Tugade said.

Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has shown interest in building and operating a P700 billion airport in Bulacan. SMC’s unsolicited proposal is being studied by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board.

Tugade said the government aims to make all 42 commercially operational airports in the country "night-rated" before the end of the Duterte administration to allow them to accommodate flights after sunset.