San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has officially declared its readiness to spearhead the much-anticipated modernization of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), following the standout financial proposal by the SMC SAP & Company Consortium during the recent Department of Transportation (DOTr) bidding session. The consortium, comprising San Miguel Holdings Corp, RMM Asian Logistics Inc., RLW Aviation Development Inc., and Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC), is poised to bring its collective expertise to the forefront of this transformative project.
SMC President and CEO Ramon S. Ang expressed the consortium's commitment to prioritizing the government's and the Filipino people's interests, aiming to raise NAIA's standards to global excellence. "We are dedicated to providing top-notch services and facilities, ensuring a premium experience for all travelers and delivering substantial benefits to our country," Ang stated.
The partnership with IIAC, known for managing South Korea's leading Incheon International Airport, is set to infuse the project with world-renowned operational efficiencies and customer service standards. This collaboration aligns with SMC's broader vision of crafting an integrated airport network to bolster the Philippines' position as a key regional center for tourism and business.
With an offer to share a significant 82.16 percent of future gross revenues with the government, SMC's financial proposal stands out for its generosity and commitment to national development. This proposal contrasts starkly with those from other contenders, marking a significant milestone in the journey towards NAIA's modernization.
As the anticipation for the official project award grows, set for February 15th, the nation looks forward to a new chapter in Philippine aviation, promising enhanced connectivity, economic growth, and a world-class gateway to the archipelago.
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