The Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DoTr) has issued a notice of award (NOA) to San Miguel Holdings (SMHC) for the construction of Bulacan International Airport.

SMHC will oversee the financing, design, construction, supply, completion, testing and commissioning of the new airport, along with its operation and maintenance.

The company will now have to submit the required documents to the DoTr’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) within 20 days of the NOA.

DoTr Planning and Project Implementation undersecretary Benny Reinoso said that the new airport will reduce the burden on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila.

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Reinoso added: “Finally, we can push forward with the Bulacan International Airport. Once operational, this new airport will give connectivity options to our citizens.”

The Swiss challenge for the airport was concluded on 31 July. SHMC was expected to win after no other company came forward to challenge its bid.

According to the build-operate-transfer (BOT) implementing rules and regulations (IRR), the original proponent would secure the contract provided there was no competing bid or proposal.

Earlier this month, the SBAC Technical Working Group (TWG) suggested that SMHC may be awarded the contract through a resolution and executive brief.

With a terminal capacity of 100 million passengers a year, the airport is expected to feature four parallel runways and a toll road linking it to the motorway.

Construction is intended to commence by the end of this year while the airport is expected to start operations in four to six years.