The government plans to integrate a fifth terminal in the rehabilitation master plan for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“The fifth terminal would be better than a third runway,” DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters.
The fifth terminal will be built beside Terminal 3.
The new terminal will be in addition to plans to link terminals 1 and 2. Terminal 2 will also be expanded using the present site of the shuttered Philippine Village Hotel.
To link the first two terminals, the fuel depot in between the two sites will have to be relocated.
With the renovation and retrofitting of Terminal 3 recently completed, passenger congestion at Terminal 1 would be lessened by around 50 percent, Abaya said. Five foreign airlines have moved their operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
The transfer will cut the number of passengers using the terminal from the current 8 million to 4.5 million a year, within the design capacity of the oldest terminal.
Abaya added that he is waiting for the assessment from the Commission on Audit on the value of the Philippine Village Hotel site which is partly owned by the Government Service Insurance System.
“Whatever the assessed value, GSIS will be paid half or a fraction of the amount, then we demolish the building and we plan the expansion of Terminal 2,” Abaya said.
NAIA is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), an agency under the DOTC. In 2012, NAIA was the 34th busiest airport in the world with passenger volume of 32.1 million passengers.
The DOTC is rehabilitating Terminal 1 in time for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.