NAIA 1 rehab to be finished in 18 months

Posted at 10/22/12 5:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The rehabilitation of the 30-year old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 is seen to be completed by 2014, Transportation Secretay Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

"The rehabilitation of Naia Terminal 1 could be done within 18 to 19 months from now," Abaya said. The DOTC has tapped firms Ovie Arup and C-Square for the design and construction, respectively.

The completion and approval of the design is expected to be done within a couple of months, Abaya said, after which the P1.6-billion rehabilitation may begin.

"While the rehab work is being done there will be no shut down of Naia 1," Abaya stressed.

Part of the upgrade includes the construction of a two rapid-exit taxiways and an arrival extension area, the replacement of tiles and fixtures, re-piping of water lines, and removal of escalators, among others.
The government is speeding up the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1, as the airport once again was named worst in Asia by travel website Sleeping in Airports.