The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) plans to bid out the operation and maintenance of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by the second quarter of 2015.
“We are also awaiting for the feasibility study but we expect llittle resistance from the employees of NAIA.. Some employees will be absorbed, some will opt to retire. It will be a smooth transition”, he 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 up by about 8 percent to a total of 32.1 million passengers.
In July 2013, the DOTC stressed the need to undertake the “immediate construction” of NAIA Terminal 1 because of structural issues.
Earlier, DOTC said that the rehabilitation works should be completed by February 2015, in time for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
In January last year, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 rehabilitation project started, a P 1.3-billion effort to ensure the building’s structural integrity, the first in 30 years.
NAIA 1 has been rated as one of the world’s worst airports in past years, but with 40 percent rehabilitation completed, there were less complaints from passengers.
The NAIA 1 Rehab project will be 95 percent complete by the end of February 2015, with some finishing works not affecting passenger areas to be completed by May.
With the renovation and retrofitting of Terminal 3 recently completed, passenger congestion at Terminal 1 would be lessened by around 50 percent. Five foreign airlines will be moving their operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
From the actual 8 million passengers, it drop to 4.5 million a year, which is actually the design capacity of Terminal 1.
The government plans to privatize the operation and maintenance of the NAIA.
Earlier, DOTC also said that the agency is preparing to take on a transaction advisor for the of the NAIA.
But the agency did not provide a time frame for the planned privatization of NAIA.