MIAA, DOTC stress urgency of runway efficiency
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reiterated its plan to continue implementing infrastructure projects at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) despite the impending transition toward a public-private partnership (PPP) setup.
At a House Committee on Transportation meeting the other day, MIAA Assistant General Manager for Operations Ricardo Medalla Jr. presented approved projects that could overlap with ongoing arrangements and the future implementation of the PPP.
One of such projects is the continuing construction of the extension of a taxiway fronting the apron of Terminal 3.
The 1,500-meter taxiway “November” is supposed to be extended by 640 meters. The project, which is now 76-percent completed, will entail connecting the taxiway extension to taxiway “Charlie.”
The P452-million extension project aims to further decongest the taxiway—particularly at the intersection of the runways—and to facilitate ground handling flexibility of international operations.
Construction began in November 2014 and should be completed by the end of October this year, Medalla said.
Medalla also presented plans for the construction of two more rapid exit taxiways (RETs), which are expected to further minimize runway occupancy times of aircraft on the runway.
One RET, measuring 20,708 square meters, will be positioned on the west side of the main runway, while the other, 12,890 sqm in size, is to be on the east side. The construction of the P300-million project is slated for next year, with completion expected in 2017.
Department of Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, vice chairman of the MIAA Board, said infrastructure development at the NAIA has to carry on regardless of the outlook for the PPP.
“These projects cannot be put on hold as concerns about runway efficiency have to be addressed immediately,” Lotilla added.