Gov't plans to have 10 int'l airports by 2016

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2012 03:26 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2012 03:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines will soon have more international airports.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said the government wants to have no less than 10 international airports by 2016. This will already include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, airports in Clark, Cebu, Laguindingan, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, Daraga and Bohol.

Jimenez says the airports will be compact and efficient.

"By 2016, we will have no less than 10 international airports... We are going to make it so sophisticated as it has to be without making it so gigantic that they turns you off... The paradigm is shifting from the giant glass and steel airports to more compact, efficient airports that don't intimidate people," Jimenez said.

The country's main gateway, NAIA Terminal 1, has received much criticism from local and foreign tourists. NAIA 1 was even named the world's worst airport by a travel website. - ANC