With ongoing construction works in front of different Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals causing gridlocks, former Senator Richard J. Gordon yesterday pressed the need for opening up the airports in Subic and Clark as alternatives to the NAIA.
Gordon, who promoted domestic and international travel through his WOW Philippines program during his stint as Tourism Secretary, pointed out that the horrendous traffic, made worse by the constructions works, causes people to miss flights and stretches nerves to the limit.
“The government, particularly the DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communication), should really open up the two runways in Subic and Clark to commercial flights so that people will have alternative choices,” he called on the government.
According to the former senator, transportation to and fro the two airports can be provided by allowing bus companies, such as Victory Liner, to operate a line dedicated for conveying passengers from the airports to Metro Manila and vice versa.
He added traffic could also be organized to make travel more comfortable.
Gordon, who is seeking a Senate seat in the May 9 national and local elections, has long been advocating the opening of the two airports to commercial flights.
“I have been advocating this for so long now but it appears to have fallen on deaf ears,” he said.
Gordon reiterated that the move would maximize infrastructure investments; prevent economic losses due to missed flights; and ease traffic.
“Now we have heavy traffic on land, in the air and at sea that should really be addressed at the soonest time possible. It would also make the people appreciate the government better. Right now, it clearly shows that the government is not doing anything at all,” he noted.
Gordon, also the founding chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, averred that the Subic airport can accommodate commercial flights, noting that during his time FedEx turned it as hub of its operations in the region, servicing 26 flights a week.
He added Clark Airport, formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, is also fitted with facilities and equipment for commercial flights.