• DOTC expects improved NAIA 3 in August this year

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    THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) reassured the public that the country’s international airport—seen as the worst in the world—would see some improvement in two months’ time.

    Major upgrading projects are ongoing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1 and 3, DOTC officials said.

    Completion works for Terminal 3 due next month are expected to pave the way for the transfer of operations of several international airlines from Terminal 1 to 3 by August 2014.

    The following airlines are seen benefiting from this improvement: Singapore Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and KLM airlines, which are currently struggling for space at NAIA’s tiny Terminal 1.

    Meanwhile, Terminal 1 is undergoing long-overdue rehabilitation.

    This entails structural retrofitting, architectural works, and improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities. Scheduled completion date for this is January 2015.

    Last month, DOTC assured the traveling public that the NAIA-1, earlier tagged by a travel site as the “world’s worst airport,” will see a decongestion by August this year.

    DOTC Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Jose Perpetuo Lotilla had said that, “We will be reducing the number of users of Terminal 1 from the present 8 million, it will be reduced by 3.5 million [passengers].”

    DOTC also said they expect the capacity of NAIA Terminal 1 to return to its rated capacity of 4.5 million passengers.

    NAIA-1 is currently undergoing rehabilitation works because of structural issues, the DOTC said.

    In December last year, the government agency awarded the P1.3-billion rehabilitation contract for NAIA 1 to DMCI Holdings Inc. involving the structural, architectural, electrical, and plumbing systems of the old airport.

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