MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The long-delayed completion of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 may finally happen this year, Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
"Within a year's time or before Christmas, we can get NAIA-3 fully operational," Abaya said during the Philippine Economic Forum in Pasay City.
Abaya said his department is hoping to ink a deal with Japanese contractor Takenaka, which was earlier awarded the NAIA-3 rehabilitation and completion project, within this month.
After an agreement has been finalized, Takenaka can start works on NAIA-3 and finish rehabilitation and completion efforts within this year, Abaya said.
The Department of Budget and Management earlier this week released P1.89-billion for NAIA-3's rehabilitation and completion.
The works on the Terminal 3 include the procurement, development and construction of the following: flight information display system, baggage handling and reconciliation system, fire alarm and protection system, and passenger loading bridges.
Meanwhile, Abaya said the Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental is set to be operational in April this year.
Moreover, the Panglao Island International Airport and the Puerto Princesa International Airport projects are set to be bid out this year, the secretary said.
The bidding process for the two airport projects, Abaya noted, may start in the first half of the year.