NAIA Replacement Options Presented to President Aquino

The Department of Transportation and Communications is making a presentation to President Aquino on November 6, 2013 outlining the various options available for establishing the country's gateway airports and modernizing the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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According to Joseph Abaya, Transportation Secretary, two options will be presented to President Aquino for modernizing the gateway airport system which will be intended to demonstrate to the world that the Philippines is positioning itself to be one of the top global tourist destinations over the next few decades.

A 2011 study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency revealed that annual passenger forecasts for the Greater Capital Region will reach 49.8 million in 2020, 75 million in 2030, and 106.7 million in 2040. Most recently in 2012, the total traffic for the Greater Capital Region reached close to 31.9 million.

In order to build adequate infrastructure to meet the anticipated volumes, the Department of Transportation and Communications has identified two viable options that will include the development of a new international airport approximately 20 to 30 minutes from Metro Manila and the expansion of Clark International Airport. The new international airport is expected to be fully operational before 2027. 

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What distinguishes one option from the other is regarding the long-term fate of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex. In one option, it is expected that NAIA will permanently close by 2030 once the new international airport is able to support at least 78 percent of the required passenger terminal building floor space and Clark International Airport will be able to handle 22 percent by 2030. In the second option, Ninoy Aquino International Airport would continue to co-exist with Clark International Airport and the new international airport until 2040 and possibly beyond.

Upon establishment of the official gateway airport roadmap to 2040, the Department of Transportation and Communications will solidify its plans for execution of the project. The government agency has already begun preparing efforts to expand Clark International Airport with the introduction of a new low-cost carrier terminal and it has already began identifying possible locations for a new international airport.

Work was recently completed on a 6,000 square metre expansion of the existing Clark International Airport terminal building. By the end of this month, it is expected that Aeroports de Paris of France will begin drafting the master plan for the proposed 45,000 square metre Low-Cost Carrier Terminal. The Japan International Cooperation Agency is presently continuing its evaluation of possible sites for the new international airport. The site selection study presently being completed is a key component for long-term development of the new international gateway that is expected to be completed within the next fifteen to twenty years. It is expected that the Japan International Cooperation Agency will submit its findings before the end of 2013. 

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Meanwhile, the long-anticipated rehabilitation and improvement efforts for NAIA Terminal 1 are scheduled to begin in December, while the completion of system works at NAIA Terminal 3 by the Takenaka Group is on schedule for completion by the third quarter of 2014.

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