By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
The opening of a new access road that will connect Noveleta in Cavite to NAIAX has been proposed to ensure faster travel from the NAIA airport to Sangley Point.
Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes-Chua has issued this call to all government agencies concern especially the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Transportation to also push for the opening of new access road.
“I already have the study for the new proposed access road called ‘Novelex’ (Noveleta Expressway) that could connect to Cavitex and Naiax as well as Skyway,” said Reyes-Chua.
He stressed that the access road going to Noveleta up to Cavite City is a major consideration that the government must address in the commercial operation of Sangley airport.
The proposed access road is only 2 kilometers road that can be easily constructed in less than 1 year, Reyes-Chua added.
Upon completion of this access road, he said, Sangley Airport can be reached in less than 1 hour from NAIA terminals in Metro Manila.
“This is way far better compared to Clark Airport which will take 3 hours to 4 hours. If we talk about the distance, Sangley is way better than Clark,” said Reyes-Chua, who is also co-owner of SkyJet Airlines.
He explained that Noveleta Town in Cavite is the gateway to Cavite City’s Sangley Airbase.
Motorists cannot reach Sangley by land without passing by the town of Noveleta.
“It is the only gateway to Cavite City, the site of the former American airbase,” he pointed out.
Chua, who has strongly proposed for the opening of Sangley Point as an alternative airport to NAIA for small airplanes, cited President Duterte for ordering the operation of Sangley Point by November this year to decongest NAIA as soon as possible.
According to Reyes-Chua, the existing runway at Sangley can be utilized even without reclamation.
“It is perfect to accommodate domestic flights and general aviation flights, “said Chua, who personally called for the opening of Sangley Airport as early as 2017 as the answer to NAIA traffic congestion.
The runway is already there so it could be operational as soon as possible even without the reclamation.
“The government just need to fast track the construction of Passenger Terminal,” said Reyes-Chua.
There is also a need to increase capacity of the passenger terminal.
Chua noted that according to the DOTr, the Sangley passenger terminal can only accommodate 100 passengers at a given time. That means a maximum of only 2 to 3 commercial turbo prop aircrafts only can be accommodated here at a given time.
Another issue is the installation of navigational lights and equipment to allow evening flights.