SBMA, ASBAA ink pact on Subic airport dev’t
Posted 3 years ago
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (ASBAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 17 in Shanghai, China for the development of Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) Ink pact on Subic airport development.
According to SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma, the MOU signing was done during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2018) in Shanghai.
She added that the agreement covers infrastructure development at SBIA, and ASBAA’s plan to advance their aviation operations in the Philippines.
She added that the ASBAA will also help with the operation of the SBIA.
“AsBAA will support and advise on the initial design and ongoing operation of the Subic Bay International Airport. This is envisioned to bring about an immediate and reliable facility that regional BA/GA operators can access as another option to operate from in the Philippines,” ASBAA Philippine Chapter Chairman Benjamin Lopez said.
Lopez, who is also the president of Inaec Aviation Corp, welcomed the country’s focus on infrastructure development to help decongest aviation traffic in Manila.
“Plans have long been discussed and now is the time for action. We are delighted to assist the authorities in advising on these vital enhancements to Philippine aviation infrastructure.”
The ASBAA Philippine chapter was launched in September 2017 and is the newest addition to ASBAA’s regional committees.
The chapter started in 2018 by leading a delegation of its members on a site visit and investment trip to Manila, Clark and Subic Airports to meetings with regulators, airport operators, and aviation stakeholders.
The SBIA agreement is the second MOU that the association signed this year to develop airport infrastructures in Southeast Asia.
The first agreement is between ASBAA and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to advise the Malaysian government on the Subang Regeneration Project, City Airport Development and other initiatives in the economic free zone.
Eisma said that she wants to make SBIA “a business aviation airport, general aviation, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), and (ready for) charter flights.”
She added that passenger aviation should be focused on Clark.
“We can get spillover from neighboring airports like Clark, but I would rather court general aviation and business aviation heavily and have a niche for them to attract tourists with curated experiences,” Eisma added.
She said that she hopes to get a chunk of general and business aviation since the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is focusing more on passenger aviation.
BY JONAS REYES