MANILA, Philippines – The long-awaited rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will finally begin on Thursday, in time for the Department of Transportation and Communications' (DOTC) 115th founding anniversary.
The three-decade old terminal will have new toilets, stronger ceilings and more exit taxiways so that there will be more plane take-offs and landings.
NAIA-1 has a capacity of just 4 million, but passenger arrivals already reached 8 million last year.
Government gave the winning contractor, Consunji-led DMCI, until January next year to complete the rehab work.
Airport authorities, however, warned about the inconvenience the renovation would cause passengers with the departure area being the first to get a face-lift.
DOTC said closures will be done in six phases of sixty (60) days each, and will be overseen by the DOTC and directly supervised by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
DOTC said passengers will feel its impact beginning Thursday, when the initial areas will be boarded up and actual rehabilitation works begin.
“We appeal for patience and cooperation from passengers taking Terminal 1. These minor inconveniences will result in a much-improved NAIA, with better facilities and services for the public, in a year’s time,” said Transportation Sec. Jun Abaya.
Meanwhile, the groundbreaking for the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 (MMS 3) project was held on Wednesday.
"We are very happy to celebrate the DOTC’s anniversary with the start these major works. These are our gifts to the public,” said Abaya.