OPINION: NAIA Complex – So Much Space, Too Small Brains!

NAIA Terminal 3
NAIA Terminal 3

For quite sometime now the perennial debate on the NAIA congestion solicited solutions and proposal from all corners of the globe and yet we see airlines queing both on runways 06-24 and 13-31 like our airport is extremely busy, an insult to the likes of Heathrow, O’hare and HKIA among others.

The supposedly impressive President’s men are on top of the situation, educated abroad, social and civic seasoned leaders and it seemed their most common of common sense pulverized to kingdom come.

Issues such as perpendicular runways are a hindrance to maximum airport activity (take off and landings) is a complete blatant lie. Almost all, if not all, the busiest airports in the world have perpendicular runways and it was never pegged as a regressive factor to maximize airport utilization.

Runway 13-31 from NAIA 2 and the adjacent property of the former Nayong Pilipino can accommodate a parallel taxi way covering the whole stretch of NAIA 3 across. Both ends of 13-31 can still be extended to serve bigger aircraft types, sans politics, the structures of the general aviation alongside NAIA 4 must have not been allowed to expand and erect massive hangar structure instead should have been made a runway threshold.  

This can significantly resolve the congestion for aircraft lining up to take off at 13-31 and aircraft lining up to park at bay on either NAIA 3 or NAIA 4 (the terminal long overdue for demolition). Next is the vast land space of the Nayong Pilipino complex, it can either be an option for NAIA 2 to expand or a new low cost terminal.

The cargo wing of NAIA 1 can outrightly be converted into a terminal equipped with jetways/air bridges and a monorail to connect passengers from NAIA 1 to the cargo terminal. There is a way if only there were brains really working to resolve it.  A significant amount of budget maybe cut if the government would seriously take these steps into consderation and the best thing about reconsidering the NAIA complex as it can be implemented the soonest possible time with minimal cost.