Tinaningan na: Tugade sees NAIA to last for only 10 more years

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Can we trust the psychic powers of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade?

Tugade predicted that Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will only last for 10 more years if the government won’t address the problem of passenger congestion.

“NAIA will not last forever. NAIA has only 10 years to last because of congestion,” Tugade said at an event in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Tugade is pushing for rationalization at NAIA’s four terminals or relocating flights from one terminal to another to ease congestion in Manila’s airports.

He stressed that congestion will not be addressed by just increasing the airport capacity but the government must also develop the vicinity of NAIA.

“Kung sasabihin mo magbibiyahe doon mga 80 million, 100 million sa loob ng airport na ‘yun, ‘di ba dapat tignan natin ‘yung traffic impact sa labas? In other words, there’s got to be a traffic impact assessment, there’s got to be evaluation what is the realistic or the profitable or the results of maintaining the airport 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now, a time over a period of time,” Tugade said.

“Evaluatin mo ‘yan in relation to what the government wants, evaluatin mo ‘yan in to the relation to the effect to the community. Of course, even NAIA itself is doing some efforts to increase some infrastructure, to increase taxi runway. Lahat ‘yan binabago. We want to improve the utilization,” he added.

Tugade reiterated the need to transfer some flights from NAIA to Clark International Airport to decongest Manila.

“Theoretically, and in concept, imagine NAIA Terminal 1,2,3, and 4, imagine it as a real estate, meron ka namang ibang airports maliban sa Clark, meron ka ring Subic, meron ka ng real estate development ‘di ba conceptually magandang tignan, kesa nagpipilitan tayo sa congested area,” he said.