MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formally recommended Sangley Point in Cavite as the site for the country's long-term international gateway.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said JICA gave a formal presentation on its recommendation for the location of the new main airport last June 13.
JICA will now start on a feasibility study on Sangley, a former US naval base, in Cavite. The goal is to have a new main airport, which will replace the aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), by 2025.
However, the DOTC still needs to present the long-term gateway options to President Aquino for approval, including the final location of Manila’s new gateway and NAIA's fate once a new airport is built.
JICA had earlier looked at Sangley and Laguna de Bay as possible sites for the new international gateway. Both locations would require massive reclamation since the new airport needs at least 2,000 hectares of land.
A JICA study showed the number of passengers in the National Capital Region would reach 106.7 million by 2040 from 31.88 million in 2012. Passengers from NCR, central Luzon and Calabarzon is expected to go up to 49.8 million in 2020, 75 million in 2030, and 106.7 million in 2040.
To address the increase in passenger volume, the government had identified two options that would require the development of a new airport within 20-30 minutes of Metro Manila and the expansion of Clark International Airport.
The first option involves the closure and sale of NAIA by 2030. By 2027, the new international airport to be operational and handling 78 percent of the passenger traffic,while Clark would handle 22 percent.
The second option would allow NAIA to exist with Clark and the new airport up to 2040 and beyond.
Earlier, San Miguel president Ramon Ang proposed a $10 billion airport to be built on a reclamation area along Manila Bay.