The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) assured the traveling public that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1), earlier tagged by a travel site as the “world’s worst airport,” should no longer be overcrowded by August when five big airlines transfer their operations to NAIA Terminal 3.
“We will be reducing the number of users of [NAIA] Terminal 1 from the present 8 million, it will be reduced by 3.5 million [passengers],” said DOTC Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.
“So it will now be back to its rated capacity of 4.5 million [passengers],” he added.
The five airlines that are transferring to NAIA Terminal 3 are Delta, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates.
“They have to do a lot of things such as construction of lounges, offices. I think they will transfer around August [this year],” Lotilla said.
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.
DMCI will construct the structural, architectural, electrical and plumbing systems of the project.