Sangley Airport to open in October a month later than earlier projected
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday said the construction of Sangley Airport in Cavite will be completed in October, a month later than his earlier projection.
“Matatapos po ‘yung construction by end of October, I want it operational October na rin,” Tugade told CNN Philippines’ The Source.
[Transportation: The construction will be finished by the end of October. I want it to be operational at the same time.]
The secretary said the airport’s runway is 100 percent complete while the passenger terminal building is 70 percent finished. On the other hand, work is still ongoing for the hangars and drainage system.
Tugade previously said the terminal would be finished by September, ahead of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte in June ordered the Transportation agency to have the Sangley Airport operational by November in a bid to ease air traffic in Manila.
Tugade said the airport will be inspected this Saturday.
Once operational, he said Sangley Airport will accommodate domestic flights, cargo flights, and general aviation.
The secretary added that several airlines have expressed their support for the project.
“I have been talking with three airlines, all of them have shown willingness to help and make Sangley operational,” he said.
Tugade said he had also discussed with the management of Cavite Expressway his plan to connect the roads leading to Sangley Airport to the toll expressway.
A ferry system from Mall of Asia in Pasay to the airport may also become operational by next year, he added.