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CORREGIDOR -- President Benigno Aquino III said general aviation operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for light aircraft will be transferred to the Sangley naval base in Cavite within a month.
Aquino said the transfer would help reduce congestion in the runways of the country's main international airport.
"At present, the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of National Defense are discussing plans to transfer the general aviation from NAIA to Sangley," the President said.
"To reduce congestion in NAIA, we will move the general aviation in Sangley within a month or so. They have given a timetable of more or less a month," he said.
The transportation department earlier announced plans to reduce the load on the runway and taxiways by transferring general aviation to the air bases in either Sangley or Lipa, Batangas.
The takeoff and landing times of flying schools have already been restricted and asked to relocate to other sites to decongest NAIA.
Private flights, particularly propeller aircrafts, will reportedly soon follow.
The President, however, was lukewarm to proposals to move the entire NAIA operations to Sangley, citing the huge cost the government would incur in doing so.
"If we will expand Sangley, there will be bigger expenses. We need hundreds of reclamation to have something as big as NAIA so it might not be feasible at present," he said.