Airlines won’t be forced to transfer domestic flights to Sangley: DOTr

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Posted at Jun 12 2019 10:34 PM

Transportation undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said it is up to the airlines to decide whether to transfer their operations from the NAIA (pictured) to the Cavite airport. File/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—An official of the Transportation Department on Wednesday clarified that airlines will not be forced to transfer their domestic flights to Sangley Airport in Cavite once the facility is finished. 

"Desisyon na ng airlines kung gusto nilang mag-launch ng flights out of Sangley," undersecretary Manuel Tamayo said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.

(It is the airlines that will decide if they want to launch flights out of Sangley.)

Tamayo said Sangley will cater mostly to smaller planes, business jets and turboprop airplanes as its runway is only 2,300 meters. 

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Transferring the smaller planes to Sangley, he said, will help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

The government is aiming to have Sangley ready for operations by November, Tamayo added. 

The facility will also include a ferry service to Manila so that travelers can bypass roads along Cavite.