Earlier this week, DOTC released a JICA study for the long term air transportation development in Metro Manila with the study concluding two possible options
- NAIA will co-exist with Clark and no construction of a new airport.
- Clark and the Manila airport will coexist with a 22 - 78 passenger distribution, a new airport will be constructed and NAIA will be reused.
DOTC has yet to decide on which of the options will be the final development plan.
JICA also pitched two possible locations using the 20 minutes away from Metro Manila distance: Sangley Point and Laguna de Bay. So let’s see…
Possible Location 1: Sangley Point Cavite
Access Roads: Cavite Expressway and Proposed Cavite Laguna Expressway)
Nearest Mass Transit: None
Possible Location 2: Laguna de Bay
Access Roads: South Luzon Expressway, Proposed Cavite Laguna Expressway and the Proposed C6 expressway.
Mass Transit: PNR South Line
My take on this:
If NAIA in Paranaque will be decommissioned and a replacement will be built, it might be more feasible if the Sangley Point in Cavite, though the mass transit requirements is in the Laguna de Bay. Maybe the government should consider extending LRT 1 or PNR (with freight trains) in this part of Cavite, then I’m sold to the idea. The Paranaque side has this inexpandable problem and both the chosen sites have that edge. Reclaiming land inside Laguna de Bai might be ecologically dangerous, but all reclamations are dangerous.
But it might be better if Sangley has an airport and a seaport in one area. Right?
PS: The runway appearing at Sangley point is an Air Force airstrip.