MANILA – An abandoned hotel at the Nayong Pilipino will be torn down to give way to the expansion of the Ninoy Aquino International Hotel Terminal 2 (NAIA2).
Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya today told reporters that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to come up with a valuation of the Philippine Village Hotel.
“Whatever value or half of it or a fraction of it would be paid to GSIS, then we demolish the building to expand the Terminal 2,” Abaya said. State-run Government Service Insurance System is part owner of the hotel.
At present, NAIA2 caters to flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL).
Abaya said the government plans to interconnect NAIA’s terminals 1 and 2 for the convenience of the passengers. A key hurdle however is the fuel depot between the two terminals.
“We need to relocate the depot in another equally safe and efficient [place] to be able to connect NAIA 1 and 2,” Abaya said.
The government also plans to build a fifth terminal beside NAIA Terminal 3 to serve the anticipated increase in international passengers.
Delta Airlines, one of 5 foreign airlines transferring out of NAIA1, started flying out of NAIA3 today.
A second carrier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will move within the first week of August. Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific will follow suit by the end of next month.
The transfer of these airlines is meant to decongest NAIA1, which is undergoing structural retrofitting and rehabilitation.
The transfer of the 5 airlines will reduce Terminal 1’s annual passenger throughput from 8 million down to its design capacity of 4.5 million. This will free up more space at Terminal 1 and reduce the number of travelers.
Other airlines operating at NAIA3 are Cebu Pacific, PAL Express and All Nippon Airways.
Source: Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com