Abaya to foreign airlines: Move to NAIA 3

Posted at 02/28/14 5:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign airlines are being urged to transfer to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA 3), which is scheduled to be completed by July.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said foreign airlines are being encouraged to move to NAIA 3 from the congested NAIA 1.

He said the P1.9 billion NAIA 3 rehabilitation, which is being undertaken by Japan's Takenaka Corp., is expected to be completed ahead of the August schedule.

"We might be ready to receive them some time April or May but they are asking for one year to fix their lounges. We are offering the use of government lounges so they could transfer," he said.

Among the major airlines being urged to transfer to NAIA 3 are Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Delta Airlines and Emirates.

Meanwhile, the P1.3 billion rehabilitation of NAIA 1 is expected to be completed in January 2015, in time for the Philippines' hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

The NAIA 1 rehab, currently being undertaken by DM Consunji Inc., involves structural retrofitting, improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities as well as architectural works of the building.

"The rehabilitation works for Terminal 1 started last month and should be completed by January in 2015 in time for the APEC Summit. We are also currently testing and installing new equipment at Terminal 3 in order to make it fully operational by the latter half of this year, since only about half of the building is operational now," Abaya said.

The rehabilitation of the two terminals will ease congestion at NAIA 1, bringing it back to its design capacity of around 4-4.5 million from the current level of 7-8 million.