Solon wants to probe air traffic congestion at NAIA

A METRO Manila legislator urged the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry on the reported worsening case of air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with the goal of formulating short and long term solutions to end the danger it poses to passengers and air carriers.

Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila) filed House Resolution 2415 urging the House Committee on Transportation to address this danger in the skies as it does not only affect air transportation safety alone but tourism and other allied businesses as well.

In order to decongest Manila’s worsening air traffic situation, Bonoan-David suggested to consider other airports such as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga, Lipa Air Force Base in Batangas and Sangley Point in Cavite as alternative airports.

As one of the major gateways, Bonoan-David said the NAIA has become too small for the air traffic caused by the rise in the number of planes serving Manila and connecting it with other cities worldwide.

“Air transportation in the Philippines is now beset with problems of congestion in our aviation hubs resulting in flight delays and increases in risks for aviation accidents,” Bonoan-David said.

The lady lawmaker added that Manila’s primary runway is 3,737 meters long while the secondary 13-31 runway measures 2,367 meters which can only accommodate an average of 553 aircraft movements’ daily, delaying flights from 4 minutes to 81 minutes.

Bonoan-David said the biggest cause of the air traffic congestion problem is the general aviation aircraft which are private planes, choppers and jets that use the same airport raising safety concerns over the airports operations.

As the economy grows so does the demand for efficient, safe and reliable means of transportation, Bonoan-David said.

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