NAIA 3 fully operational by August 2014
MANILA, Philippines - The government has finally reached an agreement with Japan's Takenaka Corp. for the latter to complete the system works for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3).
In a statement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the deal paves the way for the full operations of NAIA 3 by August 2014.
Under the agreement, Takenaka will complete the system works for NAIA 3 within 12 months. These works include baggage handling, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, and fire protection systems, among others.
With its full operations, NAIA 3 will double its annual capacity to 13 million domestic and international passengers.
NAIA 3 has been running at below its maximum capacity since it opened in 2008.
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.
Last year, the DOTC signed a memorandum of understanding with Takenaka for the delivery of 23 airport systems which are critical to NAIA 3's full operations.
The rehabilitation and completion of works on NAIA 3 coincides with other DOTC projects such as the adoption of a world-class aviation system.
The CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) System, which is now being implemented, will be fully operational by November 2015.