MANILA - The biggest airlines in the Philippines are interested in moving some of their flights to Sangley airport in Cavite once it is finished in November, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Thursday.
"Pumayag naman sila in principle na paliparin na yan sa Sangley o ilipat sa Sangley," Tugade said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
Tugade said he had met with representatives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia Philippines about moving some of their air cargo and turboprop flights to Sangley.
(They agreed in principle to launch them or move them to Sangley.)
He added that passengers on flights from Sangley will not need to travel by land to Cavite, but will take a ferry from the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay. Tugade estimated that the ferry ride will only take 15 minutes.
Using Sangley Airport was part of the "basket of solutions" that they identified for decongesting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Tugade said.
This goes with the planned development by San Miguel Corporation of another international airport in Bulacan, and the ongoing upgrade of the Clark International Airport, he added.
Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla meanwhile said the government might need to shell out up to $10 billion to ensure that the runways of Sangley Airport will not be flooded during high tide or the rainy season.