Abaya wants NAIA Terminal 3 fully operational in 2013

December 26, 2012 1:33 am 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Dec. 25 –- Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya is hoping for full operation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 within next year.

Abaya said the Philippine government is expected to sign the construction agreement with Takenaka Corporation by first week of January.

”We’re indeed looking forward to rehabilitate and make 100 percent operational the Terminal 3,” Abaya said in radio dzMM interview.

The DOTC chief said the NAIA Terminal 3 remains 50 percent operational with Cebu Pacific Airlines, Air Philippines, Philippine Airlines’ PAL Express and lone foreign carriers All Nippon Airways using the newest and biggest terminal at the NAIA complex.

The construction of the NAIA-3 started in 1997 but legal battles, red tape and arbitration cases as well as technical and safety concerns delayed its opening several times.

The terminal began partial operations on July 22, 2008 with 16 round-trip flights from Cebu Pacific and PAL Express and Air Philippines started using the terminal two days later.

Cebu Pacific, the leading budget airline in the country, decided to move all its domestic and international operations to the NAIA-3 on Aug 1, 2008.

All Nippon Airways became the first international airline to use the terminal when it moved from the old NAIA Terminal 1 on Feb 27, 2011.

Abaya said the DOTC is also planning to rehabilitate the NAIA Terminal 1, but “it would take 18 months to renovate the terminal”.

Terminal 1 is being used by the international carriers while the Terminal 2 or Centennial Terminal is being operated exclusively for flag carrier Philippine Airlines. (PNA)

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