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January 31, 2008

PHILIPPINES/AVIATION
Arroyo orders Diosdado MacApagal as premier airport

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday ordered the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga as the country's premier airport and the eventual closing down of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport I.

The President issued the directive to concerned agencies led by the Department of Transportation and Communications during the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Cabinet Group meeting Tuesday morning in Philippine Presidential Palace Malacanang.

The President gave a time frame of six months up to one year to turn the DMIA into the country's premier airport.

The move would further support the President's vision of Clark and Subic as the country's logistics hub in the Asia-Pacific region and the new international gateways of the country.

The DMIA is one of the biggest aviation complexes in Asia with its two 3.2 kilometre parallel runways that will be extended to four kilometres to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircraft.

The DMIA is certified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with ratings of Category I for Precision Approach Runway and Category IX for the Emergency Services.

It is well equipped with Instrument Landing System, Navigational Aids, Meteorological Equipment, and Complete Airfield Lighting System.



Courtesy PNA

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