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SMC clarifies proposal on NAIA

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San Miguel Corporation (SMC) it is not interested in getting any share of revenues generated by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).


The conglomerate said its proposal is purely for the operations and maintenance of the airport to ensure it operates better and more efficiently until its P740-billion Manila International Airport project in Bulacan is completed.


SMC made the clarification after the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) revoked the original proponent status for NAIA previously given to construction firm Megawide Corporation.


“Our interest in NAIA does not intend to replicate what Megawide had in mind for NAIA. Our proposal is brought on only by the need to have it running effectively and safely for the Filipino people until our Bulacan airport project is up. And until our airport is ready, that task needs to be done. We are also leaving it up to the government to decide on what to do with the NAIA in the future,” SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said.


“Unlike all the proposals that required a share in the revenues of the NAIA –including passenger fees and lease rentals— we are not interested in the revenues. We want to improve NAIA for the passengers. We want it to be run more efficiently, for service levels to be improved until the new airport is operational. All revenues will go to MIAA,” he said.


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