The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said that there is an “immediate need to undertake the construction” of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA1) because of structural issues.
“There is an immediate need to undertake the construction works because of structural issues [expansion of NAIA 1], so one option being considered is to negotiate directly to the contractors because of the urgency of the construction. No decision has been made yet,” said Jaime Raphael Feliciano, DOTC assistant secretary for planning.
“It’s supposed to be completed before the APEC [Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation].
That’s the objective. Broadly there are two separate projects, one would be the rehab of terminal one so there are plans for that and second would be the improvements of greeters area,” he added.
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 a total of 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.
Rosalie C. Periabras