The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday said that it has awarded the P1.3-billion rehabilitation contract for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1).
“Well na-award na namin ngayon [we already awarded the]rehab for terminal 1 [worth]P1.3 billion,” said Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
According to the Abaya, DMCI Holdings Inc. was chosen to construct the structural, architectural, electrical and plumbing systems of the project.
He added that the contract does not include operation and maintenance.
The DOTC earlier said that there is an “immediate need to undertake the construction” of NAIA1 because of structural issues.
“It’s supposed to be completed before the APEC [Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation],” earlier said Jaime Raphael Feliciano, DOTC assistant secretary for planning.
NAIA is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), an agency under the DOTC.
In 2009, the international airport saw a growth in passenger traffic to 24.1 million passengers.
In 2010, NAIA handled 27.1 million passengers, placing it at the top 50 of the world’s busiest airports by passenger traffic.
In 2011, all terminals at NAIA handled a record-breaking annual passenger traffic of 29.50 million, making it as one of the busiest airports in Asia.
In 2012, NAIA became the 34th busiest airport in the world, as passenger volume increased to about 8 percent to 32.1 million passengers.
Earlier, DOTC said that repair and upgrade of NAIA 1 will be completed in time for Manila’s hosting of the APEC Summit 2015.
“So we will try our best to complete it [rehabilitation of NAIA 1]we are really behind [schedule]but that is our target,” Abaya said.