DOTr, CAAP, LGU tackle preps for proposed airport PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 13:34

Representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) the other day met with Mayor Beng Climaco and other city officials to discuss issues related to the proposed Zamboanga International Airport development project.

The coordination meeting initiated by the DOTr and CAAP focused on the conduct of a feasibility study, master plan and environmental impact assessment for the ZIA development project that will be undertaken by a consultancy firm, TCGI Engineers for a period of 8 months from March to November 2017.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco is expected to create a Technical Working Group that will assist the DOTr and the consultancy firm in the conduct of the feasibility study. The TWG with the City Planning and Development Coordinator as the focal person will provide the necessary data, information, documents; assistance in the conduct of investigation of candidate sites for the new airport and other functions as may be assigned by the local chief executive.

To realize the project the soonest possible time, the DOTr has engaged the consulting services of TCGI Engineers to undertake the feasibility study, master plan and environmental impact assessment for the ZIA development.

Recall that the Zamboanga International Airport Master planning project was prepared in 1992 by a consortium of Singaporean Consulting firms, recommended for the expansion and development of the existing airport and looking fo possibility of transferring the airport to a new site in the future.

In 2006, the then Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) pre-feasibility study and master planning of the new ZIA recommended the immediate development of the existing airport to meet the requirements for the medium-term development and has identified possible new site for the new airport.

Three years after in 2009, the Philippine Jac, Inc. (Aviation and Airport Engineering Consultancy Firm), updated the feasibility study of the Zamboanga airport and formulated the medium and long-term plan for the new ZIA. In the said study, however, several deficiencies of the existing airport were identified to include operational restrictions caused by the surrounding obstacles, of which removal is not practicable, whereby among others, are the overwhelming reasons necessitating development of a new airport. (Sheila Covarrubias)