Aquino: NAIA 3 fully operational in less than two years

April 20, 2012 10:28 pm 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, April 20 — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal-3 will be fully operational in a year and a half, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday.

“I understand between a year and a half it will be fully operational,” President Aquino said during the general meeting of the Semiconductors Electronics Industries of the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) and the 17th World Electronics Forum at Mactan Shangri-la Island Spa and Resort here.

“There’s a memorandum of understanding already with the Takenaka group to finish the portion of the work that has been set aside.”

An issue was raised on Friday’s event about the need to solve some concerns regarding NAIA-3 so more investments can come in and for tourism to flourish in the Philippines.

The President said that with regards to legal issues that involve NAIA-3 were practically complete.

Recent reports said that at least three foreign airlines were moving their operations to NAIA-3 by 2013, which should free up the congested NAIA-1 terminal.

Among these airlines include Delta Airways, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. They will join local carriers currently operating at NAIA-3.

NAIA-3 is currently the home to Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific, as well as the Philippine Airlines’ budget airline, Air Philippines. (PNA)

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