Private firm eyes BOT for Davao airport dev`t

DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- A private company is proposing a P48-billion development of the Davao International Airport under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme.

Manuel Jamonir, business development manager of the Davao-based Udenna Infrastructure Inc., said the proposed airport development entails the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing passenger terminal, construction of a new cargo terminal building, construction of a new semi-parallel taxiway and the provision of mobile technology for airline passengers.

Among the proposed improvements would be the expansion of the existing 24,000 square meter passenger terminal building to 64,000 square meters.

This would improve the handling capacity of the passenger building to 4,000 passengers per hour as compared to the 1,200 passengers per hour which the present facility can handle.

“The semi parallel taxiway can accommodate an additional 30 to 35 takeoffs and landings per hour,” Jamonir said.

“There’s still room for a taxiway that can be built in the airport,” he added.

The Davao International Airport complex is around 299 hectares. Jamonir added that the development will be contained in the present size of the area and will not entail area expansion.

The Udenna proposal will still undergo a swiss challenge where rival proponents can bid for the project and Udenna being the OPS (Original Proponent Status) can match the bid of its rivals in the swiss challenge.

According to Jamonir they were expecting the government to award the proposal to the winning proponent in the fourth quarter of this year.

Udenna Infrastructure is part of the Udenna Group of Companies of Davao City-based businessman Dennis Uy. Jamonir said Udenna has found economic potentials in operating airports.

"From the private sector we see there’s a revenue from airport operations and we saw that in Mactan airport and there are several airports right now which are being privatized like in Mactan and Clark and several other unsolicited proposals like in Panglao, Laguindingan, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the proposed new airport in Bulacan,” Jamonir said.

Udenna is seeing growing air and passenger traffic in the Davao International Airport as Davao City is being marketed as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions Exhibitions) destination alongside new tourism products being developed in the region. Expansion of airlines to Davao City is also contributing to the growth of traffic in the DIA. Likewise, the progressive Davao economy is luring people and investors to the region. (PIA-11) Rudolph Ian Alama Photo: Wikipedia