DOTC got zilch from P66M fees paid to British consultants Jun Abaya hired to fix airport congestion
In August 2015, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya paid P66 million to hire British consultants to pick their brains on how to solve the terrible airport congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Nine months later, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines deputy director general Rodante Joya said that NATS Services Limited and Schema Konsult, Inc. have not provided any recommendation or results on their study for the NAIA Runway Optimization project.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Joya said that NATS Services was due to give its recommendations three months ago.
Based on its timetable, NATS Services was supposed to improve air traffic movement from 40 to 60 flights per hour by July this year.
Joya said that the consultants didn’t even bother to sit down with the CAAP during the period. Joya said that CAAP just went on its own to implement solutions to 150 to 200 delayed flights experienced at the NAIA.
Abaya crowed about how the P66 million fee for the foreign consultants as money well spent.
“With NATS – which has worked on the Dubai, Singapore, and Heathrow Airports – we can expect safer, more efficient operations, and much less flight delays and cancellations,” Abaya said.
Since Abaya took over as Transportation Secretary in August 2010, the country’s airport congestion has worsened and the city’s trains have deteriorated but the former Cavite lawmaker has not taken responsibility for any of these shortcomings under his watch.