The country’s aviation regulator plans to build a new terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Rodante Joya said on Thursday that putting a new terminal across Terminal 3 would help ease air traffic congestion.
“We agreed this is the better option and the answer to terminal congestion. Sa halip na runway, terminal na lang ang gagawin,” Joya said.
He added that the proposed new terminal can accommodate 18 aircraft and its remote parking can hold another 10 planes.
Last year, former CAAP deputy director general John Andrews said a new runway will be built to ease congestion during multiple flight arrivals and takeoffs.
Joya said the new terminal, which will be called Terminal 5, aims to accommodate planes that will be delivered in the next few years. Joya said Philippine Airlines will have 38 new planes by 2024 while Cebu Pacific Air will have an additional 50 aircraft by 2021.
By that time, he said, there will be no aircraft parking for these planes if a new parking apron is not built.
The project development plan was submitted by CAAP during an ocular inspection conducted by the Department of Transportation and Communication and the House Committee on Transportation headed by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento at the NAIA terminal 3.
The proposed Terminal 5 will be built on a vacant lot just across Terminal 3.