MANILA, Philippines - The rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) finally started on Thursday.
Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, asked travelers at the NAIA for patience, as they may experience some inconvenience as a result of the on-going construction work.
"We appeal for everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we go through the rehabilitation process... We seek everyone’s understanding as this will surely bring inconvenience and discomfort brought about by drilling and hammering works," he said.
Construction firm DM Consunji Inc. is undertaking the rehabilitation work at the NAIA 1. DMCI was given until January 2015 to complete the project.
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. However, certain areas of the terminal building may be closed for renovation.
To minimize the effect on NAIA 1 operations, the rehabilitation work will be done in 6 phases of 60 days each.
"The methodology we used shall ensure completion of the components- structural retrofitting, architectural upgrade and MEPF (mechanical, plumbing electromechanical and fire protection system)- in 60 days, ” Honrado said.
Several concessionaires to be affected by the Phase 1 of the project have turned over their space to MIAA. This includes Kuwait, Gulf Air and Delta Air offices, which will temporarily hold office at the nearby PASSCOR building at Parking C of Terminal 1.
Also affected are government counters at the departure level which have been relocated at a nearby space. Restaurants that were accessible to the general public are now closed for operations, although food stalls at the pre-departure area remain open.
Aircraft gates 12 and 14 will be closed for use as well as its predeparture waiting areas. Affected flights will be reassigned to other parking bays.
Honrado also said there will enclosures at the departure and arrival levels of NAIA 1.
"While we do not want to break tradition, we strongly discourage large crowds of people sending-off passengers because the outer part of the building will also be enclosed," he said.