MANILA, Philippines - As the summer travel season peaks, the government wants airlines to help decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and minimize flight delays by cutting down on the number of scheduled flights.
Transport Secretary Manuel Roxas said the runway at NAIA has to deal with 43 flights an hour, way above its capacity of only 36.
Roxas said the government would have to resort to flight reductions since NAIA no longer has extra space within which to build another runway.
Expropriating private land surrounding the three NAIA terminals also would cost more and would take longer than expanding existing facilities such as the Clark International Airport, he said.
“President Aquino has looked at a study several months ago. He said that instead of spending much to reclaim a land it would be better to transfer to Clark because the facility is already there, having two runways,” Roxas said.
Shifting traffic to Clark however "can't happen if there is no infrastructure," he said, adding that the North Rail is the "missing link to transport passengers from Metro Manila all the way to Clark."
“We are now reviewing the possibility if we can use other alignment. Perhaps we can use the NLEX alignment,” Roxas said, referring to the North Luzon Expressway.