Sangley Airport in Cavite was officially inaugurated 15 February 2020, with no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as guest of honor.
The President was joined by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Senator Bong Revilla, House Committee on Transportation Chairman Edgar Sarmiento, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
The Sangley Airport Development Project (SADP) is one of the key projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build Program,” and is aimed at helping decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) air traffic congestion.
The SADP was originally targeted for completion in March 2020. However, when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made the directive to expedite the airport’s construction on June 12, 2019, everything ran on a much faster pace. In order to meet the deadline set by the President, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered 24/7 construction and the addition of manpower and equipment.
As a result, in November 2019, or just after 5 months after the President’s directive, the SADP was completed, with its priority facilities now 100% operational, to include a passenger terminal building that can cater to 160 passengers at any given time, two (2) hangars, Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), parking area, drainage system, access road, power house, cistern tank, CCTV, baggage carousel, x-ray machines, weighing conveyor, fire trucks, among others.
Sangley Airport is currently being utilized for general aviation operations, with its newly-constructed facilities ready to cater to turbo-prop aircraft for its initial commercial cargo operations that can run from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Discussions and meetings regarding corporate airline companies’ commitment to operate the newly-constructed landside facilities of the airport by February 2020 have been initiated. To date, several general aviation companies have also expressed commitment and interest to operate and utilize these facilities as a manifestation of their support to the project. These include Asian aerospace, INAEC aviation, World Aviation, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Aboitiz Inc., Alphaland, Air Mabuhay, 1Avition, PAGSS, PAIRCARGO, Petron, and Phoenix.
The airport is set to cater to routes/flights to island tourist destinations. In fact, Alphaland, which flies the Balesin route and launched its first flight in Sangley Airport on 14 February, will be transferring its Manila and Clark operations to the new airport. Meanwhile, the airport’s hangars will also be used for Cebgo’s cargo operations’ transfer at Sangley.
The inauguration of Sangley Airport was spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), in collaboration with the Manila International Airport Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board, Office for Transportation Security, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Ports Authority, and the Philippine Coast Guard.
Local government officials from the province of Cavite graced the event including Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Vice Governor Jolo Revilla and Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla
DOTr officials present at the event were Usec. for Finance Garry De Guzman, Usec. for Administrative Service Artemio Tuazon Jr., Usec. for Airports and Aviation Manuel Tamayo, Usec. for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Usec. for Railways Timothy John Batan, PRI Executive Director Usec. Anneli Lontoc, OTS Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Asec. for Maritime Lino Dabi, Asec. for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor, Asec. for Special Concerns Manny Gonzales, Asec. for Railways Fidel Cruz, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal, PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, PCG Commandant Joel Garcia, and MARINA OIC Administrator Narciso Vingson Jr. DOTR