(Eagle News)–The rehabilitation and upgrade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will go ahead as planned after the National Economic and Development Authority Board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte gave its go-signal.
In a statement, the Department of Transportation said the PhP102-billion project, subject to a Swiss challenge,will be implemented in three phases from 2021 to 2024.
Phase 1 (2021-2022) involves the immediate improvements and reconfiguration of the existing airport terminals with the aim of improving the NAIA’s capacity from 31.0 million passengers per year to 47.0 passengers annually.
Phase 2 of the project (2022-2023) covers the development of a Terminal 2 annex and the improvement of the apron area and the reconfiguration and expansion of the Terminal 3 building and apron layout to increase terminal capacity.
Phase 3 of the project (2023-2024), the DOTr said, will see the construction of new terminals, and expansion of existing terminals and the completion of a New Terminal Annex Building.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade welcomed the development.
“We will soon see much-improved air traffic handling and operations once NAIA is rehabilitated. The improvement of the country’s primary gateway is proof that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is seriously thinking of the convenience and safety of every air passenger who is either flying off or arriving in our country,” he said.