The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)?s Pre-Qualification Committee proceeded on Monday, August 3, with the opening of qualification documents of interested participants to provide premium bus airport services to airline employees and passengers of the three international and domestic terminals.
Three interested applicants and corporations submitted their legal, financial, and technical qualification documents to the Pre-Qualification Committee. They are Airfreight 2100, JAM Liner, Inc. and Froehlich Tours.
Only one qualified applicant will be selected to apply for franchise to operate more than 40 units of modern airport buses equipped with on-board CCTV, Wi-Fi, on-board automated bus arrival electronic display and announcement system.
?The opening and evaluation of the legal, financial and technical capability of the participants is the first step to determine who will qualify to provide the premium airport bus service,? LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez said.
The participant who will be selected to apply for franchise is expected to inject up to P420-million investment to operate the airport bus service similar to airport bus services provided in Hong Kong and Singapore.
The LTRFB has identified two airport bus routes. The first is the 24-km NAIA ? Roxas Boulevard area including Mall of Asia and Entertainment City, while the second is 18-km NAIA ? Makati Central Business District route.
Each route will have two sub-routes, with one serving NAIA Terminal 1 and 2 and the other serving NAIA Terminal 3. Each route variant and sub-route will have no more than 5 stops, all within the ?target zone? to ensure efficient travel times for passengers.
?Ang additional na transport means na maibibigay ng airport bus services ay magdudulot ng malaking ginhawa at tulong sa ating mga kababayan na patutungo sa ating mga paliparan,? Ginez said.
Authorized airport taxi services currently provide transport service to airline passengers in the three terminals but with the increasing number of tourist arrival particularly on peak travel months, there is a need to offer travelers alternate and convenient transport mode.
Prior to the opening of qualification documents today, a pre-qualification conference was held on July 10, 2015 to address technical concerns of the interested participants.
The LTFRB will announce the selected participant on August 10.
Under the requirements, a qualified participant will provide up to 42 airport bus units with 24-passenger seating capacity that will operate from 4am to 12 midnight and can only pick up passengers on designated off-street stops.
The selected applicant will also have authorized booking office in off-street stops and airport terminals to allow passengers conveniently and easily purchase tickets.