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Two unsolicited bids for airport

November 4, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco  (The Philippine Star) November 4, 2016   We badly need a respectable international gateway airport, one that does not embarrass us with foreign visitors. All our major ASEAN partners have modern airports and they are still expanding and building new terminals while we basically stagnate. But things seem to […]

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Decision on new airport soon?

September 6, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) September 5, 2016   Like the traffic jam on the ground, the traffic over NAIA begs for a long term infrastructure solution. In other words, we need a new airport closer to Manila than Clark in addition to an upgraded NAIA. The political will of the […]

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Emergency powers, revisited

September 6, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) August 29, 2016   Sayang! The Transportation department lost a golden opportunity to convince the senators they need emergency powers. When asked how they intend to use emergency powers to ease traffic, a Transport usec responded that it would help in procurement. Wrong answer! We had […]

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Lessons from NAIA’s Monday mess

July 22, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 22, 2016   My flight home from Kansai Osaka International Airport was due to arrive at NAIA around 1 p.m. last Monday. Before 12:30 the pilot announced we were about 100 nautical miles away from Manila,  but we were number 17 in the long line […]

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Fixing airport experience

July 11, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 11, 2016   I have been traveling quite a bit lately so I speak out of pretty current experience. Our national gateway airport is undoubtedly a national shame. Hosting beauty pageants here to attract visitors will not change the fact that our country’s front […]

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Civilize the airports!

June 29, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) June 29, 2016   Airports are more than just terminals for jetliners. Airports present to visitors the first impression of the city and the country where it is located. Lousy airports negate all the money and effort we put into attracting tourists and investors. Airports like […]

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Six years not that long

June 23, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) June 22, 2016   When talking of building infrastructure or seeing the results of development programs, the six years of a presidential term is not that long. It is over too soon. Because every new administration wants to start from scratch, a president realizes too late […]

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Philippine airports in best list

April 8, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY by Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) April 8, 2016   No this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. This isn’t a sarcastic spoof news item either. This is for real. In fact, it isn’t just one, but three Philippine airports landed in Asia’s best airports list. Of course, NAIA isn’t one […]

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First World performance

March 7, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) March 7, 2016   SINGAPORE – Been here over the weekend to see for the first time my newly born grandson. Baby Kyle is the first born of my son and his Singaporean wife. As all grandparents know, it is always a joy to see, hold […]

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Air Asia CEO right on DOTC

May 5, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) May 1, 2015   With just one year to go, I am ready to throw in the towel and stop nagging DOTC to get something done. The purpose of nagging is to induce some shame among DOTC executives. Now it is useless to nag because there […]

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