MANILA – A legislator on Wednesday proposed the building of a second runway in Clark to ease congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
This will be cheaper compared to building a new airport in Bulacan, Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay said during a House committee hearing on the Xiamen Airlines mishap.
"If you build that runway, there’s no need for us to build an airport in Bulacan because its near NAIA. I’d rather we don’t have to spend much so we will not have a loss as far as revenue is concerned," Pichay said.
In his proposal, all regional flights coming from Asia will land in Clark while intercontinental flights will land in NAIA. A second runway will also limit the impact of incidents such as the one that involved Xiamen Airlines.
"This committee should make a representation to re-align the funds to make a second runway in Clark International Airport so that incidents like this will not happen," Pichay said.
"We are now in the process of hearing the budget and if it takes only P1 billion or P2 billion perhaps we can insert," he said.
Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal however said, the best solution would be to build a new airport.
“Maybe it would take 6 to 7 years kailangan magkaroon tayo ng bagong paliparan (we need a new airport). It has been the talk many years ago na kailangan ho talaga (it's badly needed). It’s about time,” Monreal said.
The National Economic and Development Authority board in April approved San Miguel's P735.6 billion peso ($14 billion) "unsolicited proposal" to build an airport in Bulacan.