Abandoned Aircraft at Manila Airport to Be Auctioned

The Manila International Airport Authority has announced that it will hold a bidding on September 12, 2014 for the sale of twelve abandoned aircraft that have been consuming space in the general aviation area at Ninoy Aquino International Airport for several years. The decision comes amidst the need to free up space due to the growing requirements of the country's main international gateway.

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A number of aircraft have been abandoned in the general aviation area in recent years including aircraft as old as the McDonnell Douglas DC-3. The complete list of aircraft available for bidding in September includes:

  • Five McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft, formerly operated by Cebu Pacific
  • One Antonov AN-26B, reportedly owned by Mosphil Aero
  • One Cessna 150, owned by Fredelito Juane
  • One Grumman America AA-IA Yankee
  • One Lockheed Super Constellation, owned by William Crawford (N4247K)
  • One Yakolev YAK-40
  • Three McDonnell Douglas DC-3 aircraft, owned by Gemino Pilapil, Jacob Lim, & Max Manning

An average price of P550,000 (USD $12,500) has been set as a minimum bid for the lot of DC-3 aircraft, the YAK-40, and the Antonov AN-26B turboprop aircraft. For those interested in the five Douglas DC-9 aircraft or the Super Constellation, a minimum bid of P1.1 million (USD $25,000) has been set for those aircraft.

The Lockheed Super Constellation was considered one of the most popular passenger aircraft of the 1950's. The model resting on the grounds of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was configured for cargo operations and apparently can be restored to flying condition. Another aircraft up for bidding is the Douglas DC-3, a fixed-wing propeller aircraft, that revolutionized air travel in the 1930's and 1940's with its impressive speed and range. One of the DC-3 planes at NAIA was built in 1943 for the US Air Force before it was later sold, while the abandoned DC-9-32 aircraft were all previously operated by Cebu Pacific.

Collectors also have an opportunity to bid on Russian made aircraft. The Yak-40 was considered one of the most reliable civil aircraft ever to be produced in Russia. Before 1981, more than 1000 models of the aircraft had been produced but are extremely rare in the western world. The other Russian aircraft up for bidding is the Antonov AN-26B, which is a fixed wing single engined aircraft that was produced in the Ukraine.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority, the majority of aircraft are decrepit and in rusty condition. The current state of disrepair for most of the aircraft not only poses healthy and safety hazards, but also makes them an eyesore. The proceeds from the auction will be used to offset the expense of parking the aircraft for an extended period of time and to compensate for the unrealized income that was lost due to the space consumed by the aircraft. The highest bidder for each aircraft will be expected to remove them within two months.

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