MIAA: NAIA rehab in full swing

Posted at 06/26/14 7:16 PM

MANILA – Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Catherine Limbo arrived in the Philippines Thursday afternoon for her annual trip to visit family in Quezon province.

Although she is happy to be back home, she laments the sad state of the country's airports.

Limbo said the government's promise to improve airport facilities ring hollow to what passengers like her see and experience.

"'Yung escalator sira pa rin...sa ibang airport ang ganda, pwede kang magyapak," she said.

Some of the country's airports have consistently been branded as some of the world's worst.

But airport officials said rehabilitation plans are in full swing, and that things should start to improve in the coming months.

"May chillers na darating sa August. May CCTVs na din na-install sa Terminal 3," said Manila International Airport Authority Jose Angel Honrado.

Honrado also said the plan to include terminal fees in the price of airline tickets is moving forward and will be implemented as early as next month.

But Honrado clarified that not all carriers have agreed to the plan so far.

Among the carriers that have yet to agree to integrate terminal fees in their ticket prices are the five international airlines, which will transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.

The five were supposed to transfer to Terminal 3 by July, but it could be delayed because authorities will not allow the transfer or operation of any airline that will not follow the new policy.