MANILA, Philippines - The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) may soon be fully operational, after the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo, Japan.
The MOU is seen as the first legal step to the completion and full operations of NAIA 3, which has been running at below its maximum capacity since it opened in 2008.
"We would like to thank Takenaka Corporation for both being thorough and sincere in negotiating with us... It was their cooperation that this deal was signed in record time," said Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, in a statement.
Takenaka was the original contractor commissioned by Philippine International Air Terminals Co. to build NAIA 3 in 1998. However, construction was halted in 2002 over allegations of anomalies surfaced.
Under the MOU, "Civil Works Agreement Estimate of 23 Systems," covers the delivery of 23 airport systems which are critical to NAIA 3's full operations.
DOTC and Takenaka agreed to execute the agreement within 30 days from the execution of the MOU.
The 23 airport systems include Baggage Handling and Reconciliation System, Flight Information Display System, Building Management System, Local Area Network, Fire Alarm and Protection System, and Passenger Loading Bridges.
Once the 23 systems are delivered, some operations of NAIA Terminal 1 will be transferred to NAIA 3. This would allow decongestion of passenger traffic in NAIA 1 and NAIA 2.
The NAIA 3 terminal is estimated to have the capacity to service up to 33,000 passengers daily at peak, or an average of 6,000 passengers per hour. With its 34 air bridges and 20 contact gates, it can service 28 planes simultaneously.
Takenaka is one of the Big 5 contractors in Japan. Its projects include the Tokyo Tower, Fukuoka Dome, Tokyo Dome, and the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel.