Benjamin R. Lopez (front row, 4th from right), INAEC president and head of AsBAA’s Philippine chapter, welcomes the AsBAA delegates to the INAEC Clark hangar The Philippines recently launched its own chapter of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), Asia’s nonprofit association for business and general aviation.
Benjamin R. Lopez (BRL), president of INAEC Aviation Corporation, was designated as the head of the Philippine chapter.
As part of AsBAA’s mission to represent the interests of the business and general aviation industry across the region, AsBAA, assisted by the Philippine chapter, conducted an investment trip and site visit to the Philippines earlier this year.
AsBAA delegates met with different government agencies, such as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, to discuss opportunities for investment and development by the business aviation sector in the Philippines.
The Manila International Airport Authority provided updates on the construction of additional rapid exit taxiways and introduction of navigation surveillance and air traffic systems that will ease the congestion issues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Clark Development Corporation, Bases Conversion Development Authority, Clark International Airport Corporation and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority also presented their plans for the development of new infrastructure and facilities that highlight the potential of Clark and Subic as alternative locations for the Philippine business aviation sector.
These include a railway system that will connect Manila and Clark, the creation of the New Clark City and an upgrade of the air navigation system in Subic.
“We at the business aviation sector keenly feel the challenges we face in the Philippine aviation industry with the marked increase in the number of passengers traveling to, from and within the Philippines. But this trip has given us cause for optimism. As we met with the regulatory authorities, it is clear that the government is not only enthusiastic but, more importantly, determined to build the requisite infrastructure to effectively meet this growing demand,” BRL said.
He added: “We look forward to working with the government to ensure that the concerns of the business aviation sector are part of the development plans of Manila, Clark and Subic.”
The Philippine chapter plans to make additional investment trips as AsBAA continues to closely follow the progress made in the country’s aviation sector.(Story/Photos by: Maila Padpad-Banaag)