Aboitiz tapping global firm for maintenance, operations of Laguindingan Airport

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Posted at Mar 25 2019 04:15 PM

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MANILA – Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc on Monday said it was finalizing a deal to tap an international operator for the maintenance and operations of the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) had earlier granted original proponent status (OPS) to Aboitiz Infra for its unsolicited proposal for the upgrade, expansion, operations, and maintenance of the airport, its COO Cosette Canilao told ANC.

“We’re now in the final stages of finalizing the arrangement with an international operator to help us out in the maintenance and operations of the airport,” Canilao said. 

In September 2018, Aboitiz InfraCapital was also granted the OPS for the operations and maintenance of the new Bohol International Airport. The project is still awaiting the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, Canilao said. 

Aboitiz InfraCapital, which is also part of the NAIA Consortium said the “talks” for the rehabilitation of the country’s main gateway were “on track.” 

The NAIA consortium consists of Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp, Alliance Global Group, Asia's Emerging Dragon Corp, Filinvest Development Corp, JG Summit Holdings and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. 

The consortium could begin the NAIA rehab after the NEDA Board approval and after clearing the Swiss challenge, Canilao said.