Council wants airport study expedited Print
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:57

By RG Antonet Go

The City Council passed a resolution to expedite the on-going feasibility study on the Zamboanga International Airport during its regular session yesterday.

Second district councilor Juan Climaco Elago II proposed a resolution asking the immediate completion of the feasibility study of the new and existing airport.

The resolution was addressed to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Department of Transportation (DoTr), Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Office of the President.

The resolution was passed after a dialogue conducted on the status of the feasibility study on the airport.

Engr. Raphael S. Lavides, Air Transportation Planning Division OIC, said that the study started on May 2017 and  is expected to end on August this year.

DoTr spent P17 million for the feasibility study being conducted by TCGI Engineers, a Luzon-based firm.

After the approval of the transportation department is secured, the study will be forwarded to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for deliberation on the possible sourcing of funds and the implementation of the project.

According to Lavides, the whole process of the transfer might take a total of 10 years .

He explained that the existing airport was also included in the study to enhance the safety of aircraft operation in the area.

Funds for the project could either be sourced from the General Appropriations Act, assistance from other countries, Build Operate and Transfer scheme or Private Public Partnership.

The new airport will have a runway of 2.7 kilometers, an area of 160 hectares, and will also house the Philippine Air Force’s Edwin Andrews Airbase with 80 hectares.

TCGI Engineers will also conduct an environmental and perception survey and soil investigation as part of the feasibility study.

Meanwhile, Lavides also assured the councilors that the airport project will push through.  (RGAAGo)