The Mentality of Tyler

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


TONY Tyler, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association, must have been dreaming -- and his dream is contrary to that of the Kapampangans.

Tyler, as echoed by a local newspaper from a news report by rappler.com, said Clark is not the answer to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) air traffic problem due to the fact that it is 100 kilometers away from the country’s premier airport.

Accordingly, Tyler made the statement during a press briefing last September 27 in Manila.

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His statement has drawn adverse reactions from various groups and individuals pushing and supporting for the further development of the Clark International Airport as the country’s next premier gateway.

Perhaps, Tyler has not even toured the CIA, the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, the province of Pampanga and the Central Luzon region for him to appreciate the viability and practicality of furthering the development of the once American Military Airport Facility that often serves as an alternate of the NAIA during emergency situations and when the need arises.

He blames the distance as to why the CIA cannot be the solution to NAIA’s air traffic congestion. He has to learn statistics first before concluding such. He must be told that a great number of airline passengers come from the different parts of Luzon, the north of Manila.

CIA may not be the sole solution, but it is a great part of the solution to decongest air traffic at NAIA.

Metro Manila may not be totally decongested too of vehicular traffic but boosting further the CIA will significantly lessen vehicles going to Metro Manila, particularly those who are taking airline passengers and fetching them to and from the NAIA.

Filipinos are fond of sending off their relatives and loved ones and fond too of welcoming them at the airport. During my younger years, we would even hire a public utility jeepney when my father went to other countries via the Manila International Airport (MIA) then. We would fetch him too at the airport when he came back after spending time abroad.

The CIA need not “snatch” airline passengers coming from Metro Manila to make the distance an issue. It targets passengers from Central Luzon and those from the farther north so they need not go to Metro Manila for their airline travel.

Besides, when you are from northern Metro Manila like Caloocan, northern Quezon City, northern Manila, it's much faster to travel to Clark than to Paranaque City due to traffic jams which are normal by the way in the metro.

Further, the NAIA does not have more than the required land area for expansion as compared to Clark which has more than 2,000 hectares of land.
Airlines prefer airports with several runways and wide land areas when it comes to airline traffic and emergency landings. The CIA in fact has catered to a lot of incidents wherein the NAIA’s communications and radar systems bogged down.

For a fact, there are bigger airplanes that can take off and land at the CIA which cannot at NAIA. This is because of the runways’ sizes and airport equipment that the former has and the latter does not.

Mr. Tyler should be informed too that airports in major cities in Asia are now located away from built-up areas and urban zones. Older airports were downgraded to cater to smaller planes while new ones that cater international flights were constructed.

Perhaps Mr. Tyler, who heads the international trade body that represents around 240 airlines comprising about 84 percent of the total air traffic, has his own personal reasons and interests that he made such statement. He is anti-development of the countryside. He wants development to be only concentrated only in Metro Manila.

Crab mentality perhaps.

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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 02, 2012.

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