Manila Int’l Airport Authority Adopts SITA Technology for T1 & T2

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) today announced the selection of SITA technology as it takes the first steps to transform Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to be among the leading airports supporting IATA’s Fast Travel program. The airport is the main international gateway to the Philippines with more than 37 million passengers and serves as a hub for the country’s major carriers.

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The agreement includes the implementation of the most up-to-date airport common-use technologies at Terminals 1 and 2 for fast check-in and bag drop, along with new bag tracking. SITA’s systems, which are used at the world’s top airports, are set to significantly boost ongoing efforts to improve the passenger experience at NAIA.

In this first stage of NAIA’s transformation, SITA will completely overhaul the passenger processing systems in Terminal 1 and 2 putting its next-generation technology SITA AirportConnect Open in place. This will be the platform for NAIA’s next phase of transformation over the coming months, allowing the airport to introduce common-use self-service kiosks, self-bag drop and self-boarding gates.

In addition, a new local departure control system (LDCS) will be implemented. This is the first time an LDCS will be available in Manila and it will provide vital back up to the airlines in cases of disruption of their systems.

Ed Monreal, General Manager, Manila International Airport Authority, said: “Our aim is to improve the airport experience for passengers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. SITA’s next-generation technology allows the airlines to offer fast and efficient service in Terminals 1 and 2 and its baggage reconciliation system will also ensure bags are electronically tracked until aircraft loading, reducing passenger inconvenience of mishandled bags.

“We are starting with shared airport systems and as we progress in our transformation we plan to introduce self-service technology such as check-in kiosks, bag drop and possibly self-boarding. The airlines have committed to test these self-service systems in the coming months as we work together to alleviate the peak season passenger surge.”

MIAA’s strategic transformation of the two terminals is in line with international standards set by IATA in the Fast Travel program. This program addresses the future of travel and provides more choice and more control for passengers while lowering costs for the industry. It includes self-service options in six areas of a passenger’s airport journey to increase airport efficiency and deliver a better travel experience for the customer.

As part of its strategy to manage the balance between continuous passenger flow and stringent security measures, the MIAA is also evaluating systems which allow security agents to quickly and efficiently validate passengers’ paper and mobile bar-coded boarding passes. These will support the transformation and better facilitate the flow of passengers through airport security.

Ilya Gutlin, President, SITA APAC, said: “This is an exciting time for the air transport industry in the Philippines. Passenger traffic is growing and there is a clear commitment from the authorities to transform the passenger experience at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. SITA’s world-class technology will replace legacy systems at NAIA and underpin that transformation. It will provide the opportunity for a better passenger experience at every step of the journey while enabling efficient airport operations.”

Manila’s passengers are set to enjoy a world-class airport experience. They can expect faster check-in, better baggage management and a smoother journey through NAIA’s Terminals 1 and 2 as the new SITA technology is rolled out over the coming months.

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NAIA: Screening Equipment Missing

ABOUT P67-million worth of security screening equipment procured by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports around the country last year appears to have disappeared.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

In 2015, the OTS—a Department of Transportation and Communications-attached agency—bought eight full-body scanners for P48 million and eight electromagnetic analyzers (EMA) or bottled liquid scanners for P19.2 million from Singapore.

The state of the art equipment were to beef up security at the NAIA terminals and the Mactan-Cebu and Davao international airports but not one of the screening machines was installed.

The old full body scanners currently at the NAIA—which are reportedly hardly used—were bought earlier by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from Germany.

In February last year, the OTS bought eight full body scanners at a cost of P6 million each.

A source, who sought anonymity for lack of authority to speak, told the Inquirer the scanners were not installed at the NAIA because they were “lemons.”

A MIAA official, when asked about the matter by the Inquirer said: “You should ask the OTS where they stowed them away.”

The OTS claimed the scanners were distributed to airports around the country.

DOTC-OTS spokesperson Jonathan Maliwat earlier said the body scanners were delivered to the international airports at Clark, Laoag, Kalibo, Iloilo and Mactan-Cebu.

But Kalibo and Mactan-Cebu airport officials said they never received the scanners.

The DOTC-OTS had also announced in March last year it would install P19.2-million worth of EMA or bottled liquid scanners at Naia and other airports.

Several OTS personnel, however, said they had yet to lay their eyes on the high-tech scanners.

“Some of us were trained to use them (EMA). But we haven’t seen any of them here,” an OTS security screening officer at NAIA Terminal 1 told the Inquirer.

The Inquirer learned that none of the liquid analyzers were installed at the NAIA terminals, although Maliwat had claimed they were to be set up at the terminals’ checkpoints.

The Inquirer tried to question OTS officials about what happened to the multimillion-peso screening equipment but they either denied knowledge of them or refused to answer questions.

Source: Jeannette Andrade,


Cebu Pacific & MIAA To Build Aircraft Parking Bay


MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Cebu Pacific officials led the ground breaking Tuesday of a 2.5-hectare aircraft parking bay at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The envisioned parking bay is located at NAIA’s South General Aviation Area, formerly Flight Operations Briefing Station.

Once completed, the parking bay can accommodate approximately four to six Airbus A320-family aircraft, helping ease up movement at other terminal bays in the airport.

MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado and Engr. Ricardo Medalla, NAIA Terminal 3 Manager, graced the groundbreaking ceremony together with the CEB management committee.


“We are very grateful to the MIAA and relevant government authorities for allowing us to develop and utilize the South General Aviation Area for aircraft parking. This area supplements the space requirement of our growing fleet and will contribute to the optimization of our ground operations,” CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei said.

CEB’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of seven Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft.

Between 2016 and 2021, CEB said it expects delivery of two more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

CEB flies to over 90 routes and 64 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States.

Source: Sun Star Manila (SDR/Sunnex)

3rd Runway at MNL’s Congested Airport (And It’s Final)

3rd runway for NAIA
3rd runway for NAIA

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has ordered the construction of a third runway at Manila’s main international airport to ease air traffic congestion in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies.

The project is expected to cost at least 2.4 billion pesos ($55 million), and the amount may increase to include the construction of a fourth terminal at the airport, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

“The president’s guidance was very clear. We’ll find ways to have this completed before his term ends because the benefits are clear,” Abaya told Reuters. Aquino steps down after a single six-year term in June 2016.

The runway would be a quick-fix solution to the congestion plaguing Manila’s dilapidated airport, which is currently the main gateway for international travel. The government is also looking into building another international airport at a former U.S. naval base southwest of the capital to serve future growth in travel and tourism.

Another runway would increase the number of planes taking off and landing to 48 planes per hour from 42 planes currently. If an additional airport terminal is built, the take-off and landing rate could further rise to at least 58 planes an hour, Abaya said.

Source: Yahoo News

NAIA-1 Rehabilitation by 2015

NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.
NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.

THE COMPLETION of the P1.64-billion rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) and the transfer of airline operations to NAIA Terminal 3 are expected to happen in the first quarter of 2015, a top official said.


“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,

NAIA T1 and T2 To Be Connected

NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.
NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is now looking at further expanding the capacity of the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport with the full operations at NAIA Terminal 3 to cope with the increasing number of tourists.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya yesterday said the government is mulling the interconnection of terminals 1 and 2 of NAIA.

Aside from building a NAIA Terminal 5, Abaya pointed out that the government is studying the possibility of augmenting the passenger capacities of both terminals 1 and 2.

“It will be better if we could bring NAIA Terminal 2 closer to Terminal 1. It will become more convenient for passengers to transfer,” he said on the sidelines of the inaugural flight of Delta Airlines and the opening of its Pacific Club lounge at NAIA 3.

Abaya said the government would first relocate the fuel depot between the two terminals so it could build a structure connecting both passenger terminal buildings.

Latest data from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) showed that the number of domestic and international passengers increased by 3.1 percent to 32.865 million last year from 31.877 million in 2012.

The four terminals in NAIA have a combined capacity of 30 million.

The DOTC chief earlier announced plans to put up a fifth terminal in NAIA. The building would rise beside the NAIA 3.

He added that the agency is now also resolving the issue concerning the Philippine Village Hotel that is partly owned by the state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

He said the agency is just awaiting valuation of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the property so it could settle the amount with the GSIS.

“Whatever value – half of it or a fraction of it – will be paid to GSIS then we demolish the building and plan the expansion of Terminal 2,” he said.

He pointed out that the DOTC is also waiting for the recommendation of a consultant with regard to the planned P2-billion parallel runway that would result in more landings and take-offs.

The main issue of the proposed runway that could accommodate Airbus A320 aircraft, he said, is the dislocation of close to 600 families.

Delta Airlines has completed its relocation to NAIA 3 with the opening of its lounge yesterday. Other foreign airlines including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways are scheduled to transfer to NAIA 3 from NAIA 1 within the next two months.

Takenaka Corp. of Japan has completed the P1.9- billion rehabilitation of NAIA 3, paving the way for the transfer of the five foreign airlines.

Abaya said the transfer of the “Big Five” to NAIA 3 would decongest NAIA 1 by bringing the volume of passengers back to design capacity of four million from the current eight million.

On the other hand, the volume of passengers at NAIA 3 would increase to about 10 million compared to its design capacity of 13 million a year.

The DOTC chief cited a slight delay in the ongoing P1.3-billion rehabilitation of NAIA 1 being undertaken by DMCI Holdings that is supposed to be completed by January.

“About 80 percent of its passenger area should be done by end February next year. There will be lingering work underneath the passenger area but will not be felt by passengers,” he said.

Based on the recommendation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the DOTC is looking at putting into operation a new international airport probably at Sangley Point in Cavite by 2027 with the joint development of NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

The government is open to evaluating the proposal of SMC to put up a new $10-billion airport in a 1,600-hectare property owned by CyberBay Corp. along the Manila-Cavite coastal road.

Source: Rudy Santos, The Philippine Star  

Ninoy Aquino Int’l Airport: Contingency Measures Activated In Case of Bad Weather

NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.
NAIA Terminal 1 under renovation.

MANILA, Philippines—Authorities at Ninoy Aquino International Airport have begun designing contingency measures to ensure passenger safety and welfare following the onset of the rainy season.

Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado convened the Weather Disturbance Management Committee on Friday to discuss overall direction and control procedures during bad weather, which is considered a crisis situation by aviation authorities.

Included in the meeting were MIAA senior officials and managers of NAIA’s four terminals.

Honrado, the committee chair, specifically directed the terminal managers to convene their respective emergency response teams.

“They are mandated under MIAA guidelines on severe and extreme weather disturbances to carry out emergency procedures in their areas of responsibility in accordance with the airport emergency plan. Under the guidelines, the terminal Manager is the ERT (emergency response team) chief,” Honrado said.

As ERT chief, the terminal manager takes command during Storm Signal No. 2-4, and/or under yellow, orange and red alerts imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Each ERT is composed of the following groups with corresponding responsibilities:

•  Evacuation Group guides tenants in evacuation to a safe place and holding area. It is led by the terminal safety, operations and public affairs groups;

•  Medical & First Aid Group  renders immediate first aid assistance in case of injuries. It is led by the Medical Division;

•  Security Group secures the terminal premises and and provides crowd control. It is led by the Terminal Police Division;

•  Facilities Group ensures that all facilities and equipment remain operational during severe weather conditions.

At the meeting Honrado also ordered the terminal managers to ensure that target completion dates were met for projects that could pose problems during the rainy season if left unfinished.

“Like in NAIA Terminal 2, we have completed waterproofing works in the domestic portion. We have now moved to the international wing,” he said.

The MIAA said the rehabilitation and completion works in the other terminals were proceeding as planned.

Source: Jerome Aning, PDI

Opinion: NAIA 1 Mess Is Anti-Filipino


The gross mismanagement of NAIA is anti-Filipino, unpatriotic. No Filipino who loves his country will inflict such suffering on fellow Filipinos. Anyone who subjects the country and our people to international ridicule for having the worst or near worst airport worldwide has to be anti-Filipino.

I caught the replay of Karen Davila’s interview of DOTC Sec. Jun Abaya last week where he blamed the non-functioning air conditioners to government procurement policies. It takes nine months to get anything, he pointed out, compared to private companies where things can be purchased right away.

I was about to totally lose my respect for SecJun but he quickly caught himself and added that a government manager who is aware of the procurement lag time should plan ahead and request for things way in advance. He stopped short of blaming the NAIA GM for failing to do that, the reason why NAIA is now a hell hole.

Sayang. If only Karen was better informed, she could have pointed out that the air conditioning problem was not new. It existed even before the Aquino administration took office. GM Bodet Honrado knew the problem on Day One but did nothing.

In fact, all three NAIA terminals have been having that problem on and off. SecJun must remember I once texted him to tell him Terminal 3 was hot as an oven and that was exactly a year ago. Terminal 2 had similar problems but Ramon Ang made a quick decision to just let Philippine Airlines quickly repair and replace problem air conditioners (and back up power system too) even if there is no assurance the airline would be reimbursed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). It didn’t take nine months.

GM Honrado had been managing or rather, he had been mismanaging NAIA for almost four years now. Any boss who still accepts his excuses for failure must by now take full responsibility for the underling’s mess.

I found it amusing that SecJun told Karen he has ordered NAIA management to do stop gap measures like buying whatever air conditioning packages they can get their hands on and do it quickly. Emergency purchases, in other words. Nothing warms the cockles of the corrupt bureaucrat’s heart than thoughts of overpriced goods justified by emergency needs.

I have been told that inducing an emergency situation had been a usual practice of many bureaucrats including or probably, specially those at NAIA. There were even suggestions that they may have deliberately caused facilities like air conditioners to malfunction so emergency purchases can be made.

If GM Honrado cannot manage NAIA, why does he insist on being there? I say it is unpatriotic to be inept in a way that compromises the quality of service delivery to the public. And it is unpatriotic of P-Noy to knowingly keep a friend who lacks the competence to hold public office.

I am embarrassed and angered by NAIA. I don’t know of any Filipino, perhaps even Honrado himself, who is not embarrassed by the state of affairs at NAIA.

I caught an interview of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on TV Patrol and when he was asked about what delegates to the World Economic Forum would think about the Philippines after seeing and experiencing NAIA, I sensed Purisima was embarrassed too.

But since he is a cabinet member, Purisima tried to respond the best way he can. He quipped that in other countries they get excited with heat. I guess he was trying to be funny in a sarcastic kind of way. He should have said that Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez asked Honrado to give the delegates a warm welcome and Honrado is just being efficiently compliant.

Sec. Purisima cannot in all seriousness believe what he said that the WEF delegates will take the NAIA mess as an indication that things are moving on and progress is being made. As I said, it has been almost four years… if it is only now that such slow movement is happening, something is terribly wrong.

I doubt WEF delegates will look kindly at the NAIA mess. Adequate infrastructure is one of WEF’s indicators for competitiveness. The last time they measured 148 countries, we were 84th on transport infrastructure in general, 113th in airports and 116th in seaports. Totally pathetic!

Last year’s WEF conference in Asia was held in Myanmar. Phons Ang, one of my FB friends, just posted some pictures of the airport and it looked nothing like NAIA and best of all, it had air conditioning. Myanmar could have had the excuse that they are just starting to get things done now. Our infrastructure, on the other hand, have deteriorated over the last 30 years.

No wonder, when I posted pictures from a brochure of San Miguel Corporation on their proposed new airport for Metro Manila, the response was almost totally positive. But they want to know how long it will take for this dream to happen.

I share their excitement and expectation but I am afraid I am not that hopeful. I am sure it won’t happen if DOTC SecJun Abaya and his bureaucratic crew have anything to say about it. Sec Jun already said that they don’t favor this kind of initiative from the private sector.

But really, it makes no sense for government to block such an initiative because 1) we need such an airport, like yesterday; 2) DOTC cannot build anything like it in a dozen years and 3) government cannot manage any such facility if present experience in NAIA is any indication.

Besides, what is there to lose? San Miguel will risk its own capital and money borrowed from willing lenders here and abroad. The land that will be used is privately owned. All that the government must concern itself with is compliance with international aviation rules (CAAP), environmental impact and over all safety considerations for the building and the reclaimed land.

Ramon Ang told me that he had presented his plan to P-Noy and he is hopeful. But RSA is always hopeful. Unless P-Noy makes it clear he wants it done, I am sure the DOTC mafia will shoot it down.

But it is good news P-Noy liked RSA’s proposal to add another runway at NAIA that is doable within a year or so depending on how fast government acts. As I reported in this column some weeks ago, RSA showed me a drawing based on Google Map and pointed out where a second runway can be constructed within ICAO specifications.

The second runway will drastically reduce congestion and extend the useful life of NAIA by ten years or so. Most of the land already belongs to government. There is a smaller patch of land that may have to be expropriated or taken back from informal settlers. I see the squatter problem here as less of a real problem if P-Noy is determined to do something big before he leaves office.

But if P-Noy wants to really leave a legacy with impact beyond his term, he has to go with RSA’s new international airport. It will not be finished before 2016 but if they move fast enough, people can already see it taking shape.

For the World Economic Forum happening here this week, it is best to keep expectations low.  Public Works Sec Babes Singson talked of showcasing our infrastructure projects, as if!

Singson got carried away: “We want to show that infrastructure projects really make a difference in economic development like in Singapore and Malaysia. They can see how much they can invest in infrastructure and they can really be assured that the Philippines has an understanding of what they are investing in.”

Sorry to burst your bubble, Sec Singson but the first thing they will see is NAIA 1. The credibility of whatever else you tell them afterwards will be measured against their actual warm experience at NAIA 1 and conclude this government’s infra talk is just a lot of hot air.

Lucky for us, San Miguel came out with their airport plans. I suggest that the colorful airport brochure be given to every delegate. That should help mitigate the horror of the NAIA 1 they personally experienced with the promise of a new modern airport proposed by and to be managed by the private sector.

The San Miguel airport is a big audacious project for us. And we need one such big audacious project to cheer us up and convince us all is not lost and we Pinoys have what it takes to do grand infrastructure like this.

I share the view of Roy Golez who quickly posted his full support for RSA’s proposal on Facebook. “While the economy is moving, it’s not dramatic enough. What we need is a BIG DREAM, a BIG, WORLD CLASS DREAM. We need to DREAM BIG again and this is a doable BIG DREAM. What are we waiting for?????”

Source: Boo Chanco,

Another Runway for NAIA

3rd runway for NAIA
3rd runway for NAIA

MANILA, Philippines – The government is considering the construction of a second runway parallel to the existing one to double the number of landings and take-offs at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told The STAR this week that his agency is looking into the feasibility of putting up a second runway that would be funded by the national government.

“It is a suggestion or idea which we have to check and process. It will purely be government-funded and implemented,” he said.

The NAIA was built in 1981 with two intersecting runways. Aviation authorities cap the number of aircraft movements at 40 per hour as it decided to move general aviation flights to Sangley airport in Cavite. The proposed construction of a second runway would double the current runway capacity.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said in a separate interview with editors and reporters of The STAR that the congestion at NAIA is caused by the limited runway capacity, not the capacity of the airport’s four terminals.

The government has earmarked P1.9 billion for the rehabilitation of the NAIA terminal 1 being undertaken by DM Consunji.

It also allocated P1.3 billion for the retrofitting of NAIA 3 being done by Takenaka Corp. of Japan to be completed next year in time for the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Once completed, at least five foreign airlines – Emirates, Delta Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and KLM – are set to transfer to NAIA 3 to bring down the number of passengers using NAIA 1 to its original design capacity of 4.5 million from the current level of eight million.

Singson said that the government is also putting up a new building within the parking lot in front of NAIA 1 where all stores, restaurants, banks, money exchanges and massage facilities would be relocated.

“It will create an outdoor atmosphere. The terminal building will now just be for passengers. This will help create more room for passengers,” Singson added.

Abaya also said the government would evaluate the proposal of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to put up a new $10-billion airport at the CyberBay Corp. property along the Manila-Cavite expressway coastal road.

Abaya said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang submitted a letter to President Aquino the other day discussing the infrastructure improvements in NAIA to improve operations and a plan to put up a new airport.

“Government has always been open. Unsolicited proposal is not illegal or prohibited but again, bias is towards solicited and open transparent bidding, which SMC is open to,” he added.

“We will request a detailed presentation from SMC to get more details,” he said.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is also considering putting into operation a new international airport by 2027 with the joint development of NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga because the number of passengers is expected to triple by 2040.


Source: Lawrence Agcaoili, Philippine Star

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 5 Eyed



The government is planning to construct another terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) complex exclusively for low cost carriers.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Terminal 5 will soon rise beside Terminal 3, which in turn will exclusively cater to international flights in the future.

“We plan to build Terminal 5 beside Terminal 3, which will be fully international in the future,” he disclosed in an interview at ABS-CBN News Channel yesterday.

This was after he said that five international carriers—Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and KLM—will move their operation from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 as soon as the latter is fully operational. Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp. is currently installing and commissioning several systems to make Terminal 3 fully operational by July.

Pressed for details, Abaya said the design, rated capacity and cost for the proposed Terminal 3 “is not yet final.” Details on the bidding of the construction project are also yet to be determined.

Abaya said the relocation of international carriers to Terminal 3 is meant to ease the overcrowding at Terminal 1, which was designed to accommodated 4.5 million passengers annually but actually caters to some 8 million travelers.

Terminal 1 is currently undergoing rehabilitation and set for a major facelift after being adjudged by international travelers as one of the world’s worst airports. Abaya said rehabilitation works at Terminal 1 must be completed by January 2015, in time for Manila’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Just recently, the government earned the ire of Terminal 1 passengers due to poor air-conditioning at the facility. Abaya personally apologized to the affected passengers but reiterated that it is due to the on-going structural rehabilitation of the airport.

He said four new chillers will be operational by September to augment the cooling capacity of the three chillers that are currently running at Terminal 1. According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), all air handling units (AHUs) at Terminal 1 are due for replacement by the end of the year.

During an inspection last month, contractor for Terminal 1 rehabilitation D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) showed the construction site for additional baggage carousels at the arrival area, as well as a mock-up of the planned refurbishment of the terminal’s ceiling and carpeting, for better aesthetics.

Source: Kris Bayos, Manila Bulletin