MANILA, Philippines - A proposal to build a P2.4 billion parallel runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been junked by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Instead, the DOTC is considering another proposal to build a Terminal 5 to address the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said an aviation industry consultant recommended building a new passenger terminal, instead of a parallel runway.
The DOTC has tapped Netherlands-based To70 managing director Ruud Ummels to study the feasibility of the proposed NAIA Terminal 5, which would be located in front of the Lufthansa Teknik Philippines.
"The consultant said the main thing to do is preserve your main runway, maximize your main runway, try to eliminate all forms of obstructions or delays on it, keep planes off it most of the time. Given that as your main objective in runway optimization, planes crossing that is definitely not a welcome operation. Off hand he was saying, there’s more prospects to a new terminal than a third runway," Abaya said.
Abaya said the proposed terminal building would not cause some residents in the Paranaque area to be displaced, unlike the construction of a third runway.
"Now the runway optimization project, let us say it can increase the events to low 60s high 50s per hour from currently 40, that will require additional terminal space so we have to create space at Terminals 1, 2, and 3," he said.
The consultant To70 is expected to complete the study for the proposed NAIA Terminal 5 in a year.
Abaya said the DOTC will also pursue the expansion of Terminals 2 and 3 to accommodate the continued growth in the number of passengers.
"Definitely, the new terminal is not the terminal that will absorb all that we need until 2027 or 2028. Even if we put this up, there will still be need for terminal space so we will create more space in Terminals 1, 2, and 3," the DOTC chief said.