|Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya|
Abaya said the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, many of whom were also in the city with Abaya for Jesse Robredo’s death anniversary, will likely give the project the green light.
The redesign, the Secretary explained, will involve the construction of a two-kilometer runway which larger aircraft may use.
At present, the 1.4-kilometer runway of the Naga Airport is unable to accommodate bigger planes as it is too short.
Larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A320, need to use the Legazpi City airport, instead, causing inconvenience to many passengers.
Abaya said the redesign project may also reduce the air fare.
Around a year ago, the Regional Development Council (RDC) recommended the reorientation and modernization of the Naga Airport as a priority project.
The NEDA Regional Office also expressed strong support for the project.
“[The Naga Airport Development Project] will contribute to the attainment of the sector outcome of reliable infrastructure facilities and services used by the population. The sector outcome will lead to the attainment of the regional development outcome of majority of the population, especially the poor and marginalized, enjoy the benefits of social development and economic growth. The project will thus contribute in attaining the vision of Bicol as the most livable region in the country,” the regional office said in a news release last year.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM