Authorities push for 2 laws to modernize airports


Posted at Sep 05 2018 12:38 PM

MANILA - Aviation authorities are pushing for the passage of two laws that will modernize the country's airports, an official said Wednesday during a congressional investigation on the Xiamen Airlines mishap.

The measures will establish the Philippine Airport Development Corp and the Philippine Transportation Safety Board, said Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general Jim Sydiongco.

"Both laws would help us rationalize the development of our airports," Sydiongko said.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport was closed for nearly 2 days in August after a a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 overshot the runway upon landing.

Sydiongco said the NAIA had long operated above capacity.

"Ramming in these bigger aircraft and you did not design originally that infrastructure from before then of course uukol, bubukol. That’s where it's going at," he said.

The establishment of the Philippine Transportation Safety Board will ensure budget allocation for a multi-model transportation industry, he said.