• NAIA 3 to be fully operational by July


    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said integration system works being done on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) are 62 percent complete and the terminal should be fully operational by July this year.

    DOTC Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said that Takenaka Corp. of Japan, the contractor for the project, has reported that the rehabilitation works are 62 percent complete.

    “It is ahead of schedule,” Lotilla said. “End of July it will be completed.”

    In August last year, the DOTC signed an agreement with Takenaka Corp. for the latter to complete and integrate the system works for NAIA 3.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Takenaka will complete the works within 12 months, allowing NAIA 3 to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2014.

    These works include baggage handling, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination and fire protection systems, among others.

    With the agreement in place, the DOTC commits to having NAIA 3 fully operational by August 2014.

    It said the full operation of NAIA 3 will allow for a faster and more pleasant experience for passengers flying in and out of Manila.

    Once completed, it would also boost the administration’s tourism efforts and make air travel more convenient and efficient, because NAIA3’s annual capacity will be doubled to 13 million domestic and international passengers.

    The rehabilitation and completion of works on NAIA 3 coincides with other DOTC’s other projects that are aimed at further enhancing the quality and safety of Philippine aviation.

    These include the adoption of a world-class aviation system known as the CNS/ATM (communications, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management) system, which is now being implemented and will be fully operational by November 2015.


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