Foreign airlines moving to NAIA-3 by next year

By Lois Calderon, ABS-CBN News Channel

Posted at Apr 17 2012 06:25 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2012 03:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - At least three foreign airlines are moving their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) by next year, decongesting NAIA-1.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said Delta Airways, Cathay Pacific and Emirates will be joining the local carriers currently operating at NAIA-3.

Currently, NAIA-3 is home to Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific, as well as Philippine Airlines’ budget airline Air Philippines.

"That will significantly reduce congestion at the terminals," Jimenez said. "Pag bukas na yung NAIA-3, makakalipat na yung ibang airlines so luluwag na yung NAIA-1."

Jimenez said the government is sprucing up NAIA-3 faster than it is doing with NAIA-1 to facilitate the transfer. But he pointed out that both airports should be running at optimum capacity by next year.

NAIA-3 was mothballed for six years because of legal woes, before it finally opened in 2008.