The Ninoy Aquino International Airport might be about to get a helping hand in its battle against congestion.
In a Facebook post, the Department of Transportation announced that the San Miguel Corporation is set to be granted the new Bulacan airport project after no rival bids were placed for its construction, operation, and maintenance.
The project, dubbed the New Manila International Airport, will have a design capacity of 100 million passengers per year and will be built with a four-runway configuration, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) says. Expansion for up to 200 million passengers annually is possible, and the government is targeting 240 aircraft movements per hour.
What's more, it will be connected to the North Luzon Expressway via an 8.4-kilometer tollway leading to Marilao, Bulacan.
Construction is scheduled to begin within the year, with the airport expected to be operational in four to six years.
"DOTr will immediately issue the Notice of Award to San Miguel, after a recommendation is made by the Technical Working Group," said the DOTr in their post. "Meanwhile, the Notice to Proceed is expected by the first week of September."
"We can issue the Notice of Award within five days based on the recommendation of the [Technical Working Group (TWG)]," says Giovanni Lopez, DOTr assistant secretary for procurement and project implementation, in a statement. "The Secretary wants to start the groundbreaking of the construction by the last quarter of this year."
Meanwhile, Ramon S. Ang, president and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corporation shares in an official statement: "What we hope to build is a long-term solution—a sustainable and world-class Philippine gateway with enough runways and facilities to meet current and future needs. It is our single biggest investment in the country. It is a landmark Filipino project that will be built at no cost to government and with no subsidies or guarantees of any kind." There are no concrete details yet on which architecture firm will take on this project.
Could this airport's completion make traffic around the NAIA area a little more bearable? We'll find out in a couple of years.
This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.
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