By: AirTravellerPH Staff
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved the proposal to rehabilitate and upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by the NAIA Consortium which consists of Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc; AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation; Alliance Global Group, Inc.; Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corporation; Filinvest Development Corporation; JG Summit Holdings, Inc.; and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.
The rehabilitation and upgrade of the NAIA which will cost Php 102-billion will be subjected to a Swiss Challenge but should first negotiate on the terms and condition of the concession agreement based on the parameters prescribed by the NEDA board.
In a statement by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Secretary Arthur Tugade said, “We will soon see much-improved air traffic handling and operations once NAIA is rehabilitated. The improvement of the country’s primary gateway is proof that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is seriously thinking of the convenience and safety of every air passenger who is either flying off or arriving in our country.”
The goal of the project is address the present congestion and at the same time to increase the capacity in order to accommodate more flights and passengers. The rehabilitation will also help improve passenger experience in the terminal.
Completion in 3 Phases
The NAIA rehabilitation and upgrade shall be completed in three phases. The first phase which is slated from 2021 to 2022 involves the immediate improvement of the existing NAIA terminals in order to increase capacity from 31 million to 47 million passengers per annum (MPPA). The second phase happening from 2022 to 2023 is the development of an annex building beside terminal 2. According to some sources, the terminal 2 annex will be where the Philippine Village Hotel is located.
Both the annex building and the improvement of the corresponding apron area will increase capacity from 11 to 21 MPPA.
Included in phase 2 is the reconfiguration and expansion of the Terminal 3 building. Together with improvements and expansion of the apron layout, this will increase terminal capacity from 23.0 MPPA to 24.0 MPPA. Other improvements include security control, baggage reclaim, and boarding areas; and improvement of airside facilities including the construction of a new taxiway, and installation and upgrading of Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) equipment to provide better accessibility and flow of air traffic and to increase capacity in terms of air traffic movement; and upgrading works for general utilities, car park area, passenger connections and miscellaneous facilities required for airport operations.
The final phase or phase 3 is the construction of new terminals and expansion of the existing terminal buildings as operations and maintenance (O&M) works are being carried out. This will further increase the capacity of NAIA from 58 to 65 MPPA. A new terminal annex building will also be built which is seen to add 5.0 MPPA to NAIA's capacity.
The final phase will also see an increase in terminal 3's capacity by 2.0 MPPA resulting to 24.0 MPPA. Improvements and upgrades will include the development of airside facilities and upgrading works for general utilities; a car park area, passenger connection, and miscellaneous facilities corresponding to the increased capacity.
According to the DOTr, the rehabilitation project also aims to broaden the NAIA’s role as a key economic and tourism driver for Manila and the whole Philippines; deliver capital infrastructure investment to improve the airport’s efficiency and increase its capacity to meet the growing passenger demand from the Philippines and the Asia Pacific Region; deliver best-in-class passenger experience as a capital city airport, which is demanded by increasingly sophisticated travelers; and, create a positive first and last impression for Filipinos and visitors.