The Department of Transportation said Monday the first phase of the P102-billion rehabilitation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport is expected to be completed by 2022.
“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,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The project was proposed by NAIA Consortium that includes Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Alliance Global Group Inc., Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corp., Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.
It aims to alleviate the worsening air traffic congestion at NAIA and resolve its capacity constraint by reconfiguring and renovating existing facilities and enhancing operation and maintenance. This will allow for the accommodation of more traffic.
The rehabilitation project also aims to broaden 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.
It will also deliver the 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.
The NAIA rehabilitation project will be implemented in three phases from 2021 to 2024.
The agency said Phase 1 involves the immediate improvements and reconfiguration of the existing airport terminals with the aim of improving the NAIA’s capacity from 31 million passengers per annum to 47 million passengers.
Phase 2, which is expected to be completed by 2023, covers the development of a new passenger building (Terminal 2 Annex) and the improvement of the corresponding apron area to increase the capacity from 11 MPPA to 21 MPPA and the reconfiguration and expansion of Terminal 3 building and apron layout to increase terminal capacity from 23 MPPA to 24 MPPA.
Phase 3, seen to be completed by 2024, will see the construction of new terminals and expansion of existing terminals as the O&M works are being carried out to increase NAIA’s capacity from 58 MPP to 65 MPPA.
Phase 3 will also see the completion of the New Terminal Annex Building which aims to add 5 MPPA to NAIA’s capacity, resulting in a total terminal capacity of 26 MPPA.
It will also see an increase in the capacity of Terminal 3 by 2 MMPA, resulting in a total terminal capacity of 26 MPPA.
The project also involves 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.
The NAIA consortium of seven was given the go-ahead to proceed with the NAIA rehabilitation project, subject to a Swiss challenge.
Prior to the Swiss challenge, the Manila International Airport Authority, as the primary grantor, and the NAIA Consortium will first negotiate on the terms and conditions of the concession agreement based on the parameters prescribed by the NEDA board.
MIAA will then submit the results of the negotiation to the NEDA board and the negotiated draft concession agreement to the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Finance for comments within ten days from receipt of the draft CA.