NAIA Expressway 'Christmas lane' to open Wednesday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2016 08:15 PM

MANILA - A new portion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway will open to the public on Wednesday in anticipation of the holiday rush, government said.

A partial segment of the NAIA Expressway "Christmas Lane," allowing access from Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA-Terminal 3 and Skyway, will open at 6 a.m., Wednesday, to connect all three NAIA terminals.

The route complements the first phase of the project, which connected Macapagal Blvd. and PAGCOR Entertainment City in Pasay to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2. 

“Makakatulong ito para sa mga kababayan nating darating ngayong Pasko. Maganda ang patutunguhan kung maganda ang daloy ng trapiko,” said Transportation Secretary Art Tugade. 

Tugade and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar led the final inspection and ceremonial opening of the expressway on Tuesday.

The NAIA Expressway Christmas Lane is estimated to cut travel time by at least 40 percent, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

After all phases are completed, the P20 billion NAIA Expressway project will interconnect the NAIA terminals, South Luzon Expressway, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway, and Macapagal Blvd.

“By first quarter of 2017, we hope to provide the public full access of NAIA Expressway, including Runway Manila,” said Villar.