Here's What the New International Airport in Bulacan Will Look Like

Take a peek at the possible designs for this new airport!

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport may have lost its crowning title of world's worst airport in 2013—thankfully—but the reputation has stuck. Overcrowding, flight delays, and shoddy infrastructure have all contributed to the logistical nightmare that is Metro Manila's main airway.

To decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), another airport will soon be operating in Bulacan—just 30 kilometers away from the Metro. The project, led by the San Miguel Corporation, was made official with a contract by the Department of Transportation on September 18. Construction is scheduled to begin on December 2019.

A rendering of the new airport to be built in the coastal municipality of Bulakan with views of the Manila Bay.
PHOTO Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation

This New Manila International Airport, as tagged by the San Miguel Corporation, will be built on a 2,500-hectare property in the municipality of Bulakan, Bulacan. The project will bring in around 35 million tourists annually, generate over a million jobs, and boost the local industry, they said in a press statement.

A possible design for the new airport shows an emphasis on using natural light.
PHOTO Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation

PHOTO Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation

The completed airport will be capable of serving a maximum of 100 million passengers a year. There will be four runways—though there will be enough space for six, should the demand grow—with each strip capable of handling up to 60 aircraft movements per hour.

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A rail and road network is also part of the plan. It will connect the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) to key areas in Bulacan and Metro Manila. Once completed, motorists from Balintawak, Quezon City should be able to reach the airport in around 15 minutes.

A design study of the new airport's interiors.
PHOTO Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation

SMC has tapped international engineering firms Groupe ADPi, Meinhardt Group, and Jacobs Engineering Group for the project.
PHOTO Courtesy of San Miguel Corporation

SMC also eyes creating more than just an airport with the project. Around 600 hectares of the property will be set aside for other businesses, including retail, office, residential, industrial, and institutional clusters. Here's hoping this new airport helps in decongesting the continuously growing Metro!

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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