Laguna Lake best site for int’l airport – Manda

Laguna de Bay may be the most appropriate site of the country’s premier international airport.

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) general manager Edgardo Manda has broached the idea of transferring the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) away from its present site to the country’s biggest lake to spur development in the Pasay-Parañaque area and release The Fort from height limitations for its skyscrapers.

Manda said the 91,136-hectare lake could host the NAIA in an area abutting the contentious 200-hectare Arenda Estate, which is peopled by 60,000 families and 200,000 voters.

Once transferred to the lake, the vast areas of Pasay and Paranaque would be released from current limitations on buildings and spur the growth of the property market.

These areas could host new industrial, commercial and residential hubs following the lead of The Fort in Taguig City, which will no longer be hampered by restrictions on the height of its skyscrapers since it runs smack into the NAIA aerodrome.