MANILA - The runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will get an asphalt overlay in 2018 to prevent a repeat of the operational disturbance that affected over 20 flights on Tuesday, its manager said Wednesday.
Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal said the NAIA leadership has already deliberated on the budget.
"Once we come up with a program by the first quarter of next year, we would have a deeper asphalt overlay on the area where airplanes pass through on the center line," he told radio DZMM.
Monreal said asphalt peeled off a portion of NAIA's international runway yesterday, creating a pothole that prompted a 3-hour emergency repair.
"Para po iyan kasing aspalto sa kalsada na pinasukan ng tubig. Kapag pumasok po iyung tubig sa ilalim, aangat po iyun. Kapag po iyan ay nagamit nang nagamit, matatanggal po iyung ibabaw kaya ganyan po iyung nangyari," he said.
He added the NAIA runway was built 5 years ago and could only last 6 to 8 years.
Tuesday's runway mess led to the diversion of 17 flights to the Clark International Airport, the cancellation of 9 flights and a delay to 7 others.
Last August, a similar incident at the NAIA domestic runway stranded thousands of passengers as hundreds of flights were delayed.
Transportation officials earlier said about P300 million is needed for the asphalt overlay.