“Rehab for NAIA Terminal 1 will be finished by first quarter of 2015; this is to prepare for the APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] Summit next year,” Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado told BusinessWorld on the sidelines of a press conference in Mandaluyong City last Thursday.
Mr. Honrado said NAIA-1 needs rehabilitation as it is more than 30 years old. He said the project involves six phases and is overseen by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and directly supervised by MIAA.
“Phase 1 is already done, the other five phases are under way,” he said, explaining further that the project involves structural retrofitting, improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities, and renovation of the decades-old terminal building.
The DoTC in December 2013 awarded to D.M. Consunji, Inc. the rehabilitation project.
NAIA-1 has an annual passenger load of 8 million, almost double its original capacity of 4.5 million passengers. The government aims to revert the current passenger load to that figure.
As part of the government’s efforts to decongest NAIA-1, some foreign airline operations at the terminal — including Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Cathay Pacific — were transferred to NAIA-3.
Mr. Honrado said more airlines will be moved to NAIA-3 next year, as the August-December period is for ensuring that the system is working.
“The terminal 3 can accept more, it’s just that we… have to find out and tweak the system,” he said.
“That’s why we started with five international airlines, then Zest Air will add two, also Cebu Pacific with two, then first quarter next year, we’ll be adding more international and domestic airlines.”
Mr. Honrado also said the MIAA is expecting two international airlines to fly out of NAIA-1. “Oman Air and Garuda Indonesia will first fly in at NAIA-1 as many airlines are transferring from terminal 1 to 3, but they are also set to move to NAIA-3,” he said.
Last week, the MIAA announced ongoing repairs of air-conditioning chillers at NAIA Terminal 2, targeted to be completed next month. —
Source: Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz, bworldonline.com