The New Manila International Airport is a proposed airport that would either relieve or replace Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
The project site is located on the coast of Bulakan, Bulacan, 35 kilometres north of the city centre. It’s also referred to as Bulacan International Airport, though it will be the main airport of Manila.
The airport would be built on a 2,500-hectare property with a plan for four runways. The surrounding area would be developed into a new residential area and an industrial zone with a seaport.
Manila is currently served by Ninoy Aquino International Airport (also known as Manila International Airport), and Clark Airport is used by low-cost airlines.
Clark airport is nearly 100 km away from Manila, and IATA have said it is too far from Manila to be an alternative airport.
In addition to the development of a new airport at Bulacan, there is also a plan to expand Sangley Point International Airport. Meanwhile, there have been conflicting reports whether NAIA is closed down completely, or rehabilitated and continued to be used as an airport.
The Bulacan airport project was proposed by Ramon Ang of the San Miguel Corporation; a conglomerate best known for San Miguel Beer. Ang had been accumulating land at the Bulacan site before making the unsolicited proposal. The airport construction would be financed by SMC and operated under a build-operate-transfer scheme with a 50-year concession.
Construction was due to begin in 2020, but it has since been delayed.
SC junks environmental case against Bulacan airport construction – [05/01/21]
“The Supreme Court has dismissed the writ of kalikasan filed by a marine conservation group against the construction of San Miguel Corporation’s Bulacan airport.”
San Miguel Boss Ang to start airport construction, eyes airline – [06/10/20]
“San Miguel Corp. will start work this month for a Philippine airport that’s scheduled to start servicing Manila in five to six years, President Ramon Ang said, adding he’s planning to return to the airline business by then.”
Philippine beer giant San Miguel to grow crabs to stop airport floods – [19/08/20]
“San Miguel Corp., the Philippines’ largest company, wants to stop perennial flooding north of Manila where it’s planning to build a 735.6 billion-peso ($15.1-billion) airport. Crabs may help it get the job done.”
Bulacan fisherfolk abandon homes for airport project – [29/06/20]
About 3,000 fishermen have agreed to leave their homes in a coastal area of this town where the P735-billion Bulacan international airport project of the conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is rising.
Bulacan airport project seen to affect endangered, vulnerable migratory birds – [28/06/20]
“The proposed international airport in Bulacan province may adversely affect thousands of waterbirds, including several endangered and vulnerable species, a bird-watching group said.”
Airport projects to be delayed due to COVID-19 – [30/03/20]
Bulacan airport delay worries investors – [02/03/20]
“Delays in San Miguel Corp.’s (SMC) airport and infrastructure project — in addition to blanket impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak on the local bourse — worries investors, with shares declining by over 5 percent week-on-week.”
DOTr seeks March start on Bulacan airport despite DOF concerns – [ 24/02/20]
“While the Department of Finance (DOF) has sought clarification on certain provisions in the contract with the private concessionaire, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) still hoped to break ground on the proposed New Manila International Airport in Bulacan by March.”
Is Bulacan airport a goner? – [19/02/20]
Bulacan airport to break ground on Jan 15 – [09/01/20]
San Miguel’s $15bn airport: Game changer or white elephant – [13/12/19]
“Philippine beer giant bets its future on a four-runway aerotropolis.”
3 global firms tapped for P734-B Bulacan airport – [14/08/19]
“Conglomerate San Miguel Corp.’s (SMC) vision to establish a major gateway grew closer to becoming reality after identifying three international groups to design and build its proposed P734-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA).”
New Manila International Airport in Bulacan proposed design released – [09/08/19]
“San Miguel Corp on Friday released a number of design options for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulakan, Bulacan.”
[The proposed design of the New Manila International Airport. Photo: San Miguel Corp.]
San Miguel’s Bulacan airport project unchallenged – [31/07/19]
“San Miguel’s proposal to build a new airport in Bulacan province was unchallenged Wednesday, paving the way for the conglomerate to begin construction.”
Construction of Bulacan airport to start in ’19 – [28/12/18]
“Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is aiming to start construction activities at its massive Bulacan airport project, being positioned as an alternative and eventual replacement to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), by 2019.”
DOTr sets bidding for Manila-Bulacan railway link – [17/09/18]
SMC plans MRT Loop to link Bulacan airport – [31/08/18]
“Food-to-infrastructure conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to build an MRT Loop with an airport express – similar to Hong Kong’s much-touted MTR – that would seamlessly connect Metro Manila to its planned aerotropolis in Bulacan.”
DOTr pushing for dev’t of new airports to complement NAIA, Clark – [24/08/18]
“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the development of other gateways to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark International Airport (CRK).”
Philippine authorities approve unsolicited proposal for new international airport – [27/04/18]
“The San Miguel Corporation, who submitted the proposal, may yet have to fend off competition in a Swiss challenge, as per the country’s regulations.”
SMC’s airport proposal, 7 other projects get NEDA Board approval – [26/04/18]
“Eight infrastructure projects, including the unsolicited proposal for a Bulacan International Airport, have been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, led by President Rodrigo Duterte.”
‘NAIA will not last forever’ – Tugade – [13/04/18]
“Transforming NAIA into an economic development zone is the government’s vision, in addition to improving other airports and entertaining proposals for new airport developments, Tugade said during the Philippine Economic Briefing held in Pampanga.”
San Miguel Corporation gets go-ahead for airport project – [04/04/18]
“The National Economic and Development Authority’s Investment Coordination Council (NEDA-ICC) has approved the proposal of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to build a P700-billion airport in Bulacan.”
Govt studying SMC’s Bulacan airport plan – [17/07/17]
“The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said an unsolicited proposal by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to build a new international airport in Bulacan was still under consideration by the government.”
Billionaires’ $20bn battle over new Manila airports heats up – [16/02/17]
“The battle of Philippine tycoons to build a new airport to serve the nation’s capital is intensifying as San Miguel proposed a 700 billion-peso (Dh51.4bn) facility, rivalling an offer from a group led by the billionaire Henry Sy.”
DOTr reviews San Miguel’s P700B Bulacan airport – [15/02/17]
“Conglomerate San Miguel Corp.’s new international “aerotropolis” in Bulacan province would cost about P700 billion to build and can be completed within six years.”
Ramon Ang wants to build airport in Bulacan – [02/04/12]
“San Miguel’s Ramon S. Ang wants to build an international airport in a fairly large property owned by San Miguel in Bulacan.”