DOTC vows NAIA 1 to be fully operational in April

Posted at 08/03/14 6:29 PM

DOTC also preparing bidding for greeter’s area

MANILA -- Renovation work at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is expected to be completed by April next year.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said 80% of the renovation work directly affecting the passengers will be completed by February 2015, while the “residual works” will be finished around April the same year.

He said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is also preparing the papers for the bidding of the greeter’s area.

“We also want to construct the greeter’s area. If you will notice, [the current structure is] very uncomfortable and demeaning because of the railings. We will also bid it out. We’re just preparing the papers,” he said.

Renovation work at the three decade old terminal began late last year, affecting the comfort of passengers, who have complained of the lack of air conditioning, resulting in many passengers passing out.

Abaya had already apologized, admitting that the rehab work has caused poor air circulation.

The government has also given its nod to the transfer of carriers to Terminal 3 from the congested Terminal 1.

Terminal 3 began running at full capacity on Thursday night.

US-based Delta Airlines was the first foreign carrier to make use of the new base. The transfer of Delta Airlines is supposed to decongest Terminal 1 by 1,500 passengers.

Other carriers will also follow suit: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Monday, Emirates Airlines on Aug. 15, Singapore Airlines on Sept. 1, and Cathay Pacific by the middle of September.