More funds for upgrade of airports urged

CONGRESSMAN-elect Ferdinand Martin Romualdez yesterday appealed for multi-partisan congressional support in securing additional funding for the rehabilitation and upgrade of all vital airports in the country.

Aaccompanying President Rodrigo Duterte during his surprise visit to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Romualdez underscored the need to have more funds for the upgrades of airport in order to ease congestion.

President Duterte has instructed airport officials to ease congestion at the NAIA.

“The President saw the chaos at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport  Terminal 2 this morning and he was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations. He said this is an urgent problem that need to be solved ASAP,” Romualdez said.

Aside from Romualdez, those who joined President’s surprise inspection at the NAIA are Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, and Davao businessman Sammy Uy.

“President Duterte took it upon himsef to apologize personally to passengers who were affected by the flight delay and the cancellations. The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers, who clapped their hands their unison in recognition of the Chief Executive’s humility,” Romualdez stressed.

“Having seen the disruption myself, I appeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA. Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports. The President cited Sangley, which he said must be upgraded the soonest time possible ,” he added.

To help decongest the  airport, Romualdez proposed to the government to upgrade all vital airports across the country particlartly those departing from and arriving in Manila.

The airport upgrades, he said, must include the widening of the breath of the runway and the upgrade of terminal facilities for night-flight capabilities.

Airport authorities noted that domestic flight departing Manila are crammed during daytime due to inability of provincial airports to receive flights at night.