PPP: San Miguel remains keen on building new airport to replace NAIA

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) remains keen on its proposal to build a new $10-billion airport in Metro Manila and bid for regional airport and port development deals offered under the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the government. 

Last May, the conglomerate presented to President Benigno S.C. Aquino III plans to build a new airport along Manila-Cavite coastal road at the waterfront reclamation site straddling Parañaque and Las Piñas cities. The planned facility is proposed to replace the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“We will still pursue [our plan to build an airport along Cyberbay reclamation area] by urging the government to call for a public bidding,” said San Miguel President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang at the sidelines of the project briefing on the P13.1-billion Southern Luzon Expressway-Toll Road 4 in Tiaong, Quezon Province.

Mr. Ang said he wanted the airport project to be included in the PPP program. He also confirmed that the details of the airport plan which involves five years of construction have not changed.

In a disclosure in May last year, San Miguel said the proposed airport will be constructed “on a build-operate-transfer basis and located at the waterfront reclamation project along the Manila-Cavite coastal road at the border of Parañaque and Las Piñas cities.”

Aside from the proposed airport project of San Miguel, there are two other plans for a new airport involving conversion of the former US Navy station at Sangley Point, Cavite: one by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and another by All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp.