P10B allocated to modernize 40 airports

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The Duterte administration has set aside a total of 10.1 billion in fresh funding to modernize the infrastructures of the country’s airports, Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said over the weekend.

Under the Aviation Infrastructure Program in the proposed P3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act for 2018, Clark International Airport has the biggest slice of the capital outlay.

“Clark is getting P2.74 billion to enable it to cope with more flights, especially at night,” said Campos, an ex officio member of the House appropriations committee by virtue of his post as deputy minority leader.

The Department of Transportation has been building up the airport at the former U.S. Air Force base, located 80 kilometers northwest of Manila, to lure a greater number of international as well as domestic flights away from the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Whenever the main 3,737-meter long runway at the NAIA is temporarily shut for emergency repairs, incoming flights also tend to get diverted to Clark.

Campos said the target is to have Clark’s two 3,200-meter long runways operating at night and eventually extend both runways, possibly to 5,000 meters, to accommodate bigger aircraft.
Other airports set to receive new infrastructure development funds are:

• Kalibo Airport, P920.00 million;
• Bicol International Airport, P899.68 million;
• Tacloban Airport, P716.12 million;
• Bukidnon Airport, P425.00 million;
• Bohol (Panglao) International Airport, P386.00 million;
• Laoag International Airport, P368.50 million;
• Cauayan Airport, P306.40 million;
• Dumaguete Airport, P300.00 million;
• Calbayog Airport, P245.00 million;
• Zamboanga Airport, P221.00 million;
• San Jose Airport (Camarines Sur), P200.00 million;
• Surigao Airport, P200.00 million;
• Ozamiz Airport, P192.20 million;
• Butuan Airport, P184.00 million;
• Dipolog Airport, P182.00 million;
• Roxas Airport, P169.00 million;
• Cotabato Airport, P161.00 million;
• Basco Airport, P145.00 million;
• Ormoc Airport, P128.00 million;
• Maasin Airport, P122.00 million;
• Antique Airport, P110.00 million;
• Sanga-Sanga Airport, P100.00 million;
• Pagadian Airport, P84.20 million;
• Tuguegarao Airport, P61.80 million;
• San Vicente Airport, P50 million; and
• Virac Airport, P50 million.#