After Mactan-Cebu Airport Makeover, Gov’t Eyes Davao and Kalibo Hubs Next for Major Upgrade

Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Chelsea Logistics Corporation (CLC) received the original proponent status from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to develop, maintain and operate the Davao International Airport, the agency announced on October 23, Tuesday.

CLC’s Php49-billion unsolicited proposal was submitted to the DOTr on May 2018. In its initial proposal submitted in March, the company estimates Davao International Airport’s traffic to reach approximately eight million to 15 million passengers by 2050. In 2017, the airport accommodated a total of 4.2 million domestic and international passengers according to data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The DOTr said CLC also proposed to incorporate innovative systems in the development of the airport, such as the installation of a data-collecting operator and other passenger-friendly technology to enhance passenger experience and deliver efficient operations. The project’s concession period is for 30 years.

“Being Mindanao’s premier gateway, the Davao International Airport is targeted to be able to accommodate up to 30 hourly aircraft movements with the construction of a new full parallel taxiway providing improved airfield safety and efficiency,” the company said in a press release in March.

Source: Entrepreneur Philippines

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