The Department of Tourism (DOT) partnered on Monday with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to build up at the very least 85 airports in the united states to market tourism growth.
“We have been discussing developing our airports in order that we’ve more capacity to get flights from other destinations and accommodate more tourists to the united states,” DOT Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. said within an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the DOT-DOTr convergence conference on airport development in Makati City.
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The DOT official said the convergence program aims to create criteria for the airports to be prioritized, that will have a substantial effect on tourism growth.
“We also prefer to create a certain path in developing airports that require initial help. You can find small airports that could require some attention. They’re not primary; they’re secondary they don&rsquo probably;t have the required amount of tourists yet but given the potential of the destination we’re able to give more focus on it in developing,” Boncato said.
He said the DOT really wants to primarily concentrate on modernizing the infrastructure and facilities of the airports in provinces to supply direct flights from tourists in major gateways of the united states such as for example Manila, Cebu, Clark and davao.
“For example, we wish to give including the Davao AIRPORT TERMINAL. You will find a small airport in Mati, Davao Oriental if you travel by land that’s around three hours from the Davao AIRPORT TERMINAL but if we open the tiny airport in Mati that could assist in improving the economy of not merely Davao Oriental but Compostela Valley completely to the eastern seaboard likely to Surigao. In order that may be the type or sort of concept that people wish to rollout in developing our airports. So there’s a there&rsquo and hub;s spokes — small airports to aid the big airports,” he said.
He added that the DOT is eyeing to tap the prevailing budget from the DOTr for the development of regional airports.
“There’s an existing way to obtain budget from the DOTr. It’s a three-year rolling pipeline with regards to developing airports. We shall actually use that initially and when you will find a have to source out to help expand push this program. We will find methods to do that,” Boncato said.
The Tourism department provides inputs to the DOTr on the airports to be prioritized, which is predicated on increasing demand of tourists.
Meanwhile, Cherry Lyn Rodolfo, consultant of the Asia Foundation, has proposed that the development of the airports ought to be using the following categories: development of new airport in identified tourist destination areas (TDA) without the existing airport facility; upgrading (expansion, improvement, rehabilitation) of a preexisting airport serving commercial traffic and general aviation in exactly the same location; transfer of existing airports to a fresh location within exactly the same province to handle physical constraints of the airport; development of a fresh airport within an identified TDA with existing airport however, not serving any commercial traffic and development of a fresh airport within an identified TDA with existing airports serving commercial traffic.
“These airports will be developed in 20 clusters covering Northern, Central and Southern Philippines covering 49 tourism destination areas,” Rodolfo said.
The current prioritization criteria of DOTr on locally funded development projects for airports derive from the quantity of cargoes and aircraft traffic handled for days gone by 3 years, service to development centers, and the ones serving areas with economic potential/viable geographical location of airports.
Currently, you can find 13 domestic airports and 12 airfields in the united states which are either completed or have ongoing improvements and upgrades, in line with the DOTr.
The DOTr has completed the night-rating of 20 out of 42 airports, making them able to handle nighttime flights.
The convergence program is likely to result in the signing of a formal agreement between DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on the criteria for the prioritization and development of primary and secondary airports in the united kingdom. (PNA)