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Terminal 3 of Philippine airport to be fully operational by end of July
Publication Date : 24-07-2014
After 17 years since its construction, the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 will become fully operational by July 31, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Thursday.
“We are extremely pleased to confirm that full airline operations will begin at NAIA Terminal 3 next week. Our gateway airport will now be able to welcome 3.5 million more passengers with modern facilities every year, and Terminal 1 will now be considerably decongested to improve passenger convenience,” Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said in a statement Thursday.
“The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) has informed us that Delta Airlines will have its first flight out of Terminal 3 on August 1st, while 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. These five carriers have the highest volume of international flights coming in and out of Naia, so we look forward to giving them a new home,” he said.
The Naia Terminal 3 project was awarded in 1997 and was supposed to be completed in 2002. It was only 58 per cent operational in 2008.
“Takenaka’s $40 million-contract (to complete the terminal) began in August 2013. Over the past year, the Japanese firm has undertaken completion works for systems such as, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, landing bridges, and fire protection systems,” DOTC said in the statement.
“As of July 18, 2014, around 85 per cent of the work had been completed. Certain systems which are non-critical to full airline operations, such as the building maintenance system, will be completed within the year,” it said.
The DOTC said the transfer of five airlines to Terminal 3 will reduce Terminal 1’s annual passenger throughput from the current eight 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 affected by the ongoing rehabilitation works,” it said.