With no other challengers, conglomerate San Miguel Corp is set to build the Philippines's biggest airport, the New Manila International Airport which will be located at Bulakan, Bulacan. The project will cost Php 735B and will begin hopefully before the end of 2019. This came after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) concluded its swiss challenge yesterday, July 31.
Under the bidding rules, the project will be awarded in the coming days, Giovanni Lopez, chair of the bids and awards committee of the DOTr, told reporters.
According to Lopez, "“No one bought our bid documents, no one submitted comparative proposals to challenge the original proponent, which is San Miguel. This means we will award the project to San Miguel.”
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed his enthusiasm on the project. “This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, Bulacan Airport is part of ‘baskets of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Secretary Tugade said.
The New Manila International Airport will have a capacity of 100 million passengers per year. The airport will be equipped with 4 parallel runways which would be able to take 240 aircraft movements per hour. The construction will include a tollway of 8.4km long that will connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Marilao, Bulacan.
San Miguel is expected to break ground before the year ends. Construction will take four to six years to completion.
The NMIA will greatly help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It will also be complimented by the operations of Clark International Airport in Pampanga and the Sangley Airport in Cavite.