Philippines to spend $45 million for airport upgrade


Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport: For upgrade. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has released $45 million to spruce up its newest airport terminal in a bid to boost tourism.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Tuesday that the completion and upgrade of Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport will ease traffic on the 32-year-old Terminal 1.

Terminal 3, which opened in 2008, is already operating over its capacity, with 13.8 million passengers last year, more than 800,000 over its capacity. Once it is upgraded, it will handle more international flights, easing the load on Terminal 1, which is solely for international flights.

Originally designed for 4.5 million passengers yearly, Terminal 1 handled 8.2 million passengers last year, up from 7.8 million in 2011. A majority of the passengers at the airport’s Terminal 2 are domestic passengers.

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  • Michael Gonzalez

    Terminal 3 is over capacity? Lots of the check-in counters are not even used.

    • Mamerto

      @Michael G.- accurate observation.
      Visual presentation of the usual “Pilipino Efficiency”.

  • Joseph

    The author mentions specific numbers for Terminal 1 and Terminal 3… what happened to Terminal 2? Are you just going to leave it at ” majority of the passengers at the airport’s Terminal 2 are domestic passengers.” ?!

  • Jess

    I travel in and out of these airports so I can put in my own comments about this upgrading. Terminal 3 does not really require upgrading. It just needs a good maintenance. Many of the facilities or equipment are not working. The walkalator is useless, never been used in my many times I travelled there. Put Rest Rooms closest to the disembarking passengers. You will walk about a hundred meters from the tube to the nearest rest rooms. The place looks deserted and used mainly by Cebu Pacific. What upgrading do you want? Putting more duty free shops? those shops are just a nuisance. In Terminal 1 there is hardly a space for the passengers as most of the space are taken by the Duty Free shops. And only very few are buying. 75% of the space are for DFS. Only about 25% left for the passengers. So many people in the airports, many of them, God knows, what they are doing there. Even vendors are there. Drive them out of the airports. Please! And finally, there are passengers accompanied by uniformed men, Customs or Police, or Immigration, I don’t know, all the way to the departure area. 

  • dennis

    “Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Tuesday that the completion and upgrade of Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport will ease traffic on the 32-year-old Terminal 1.”

    Hindi naman sa against ako sa project na yan but let me ask first “What are we going to prove to spend 45Million $ for Terminal 1 upgrade?”…Will upgrading can attract more tourist? Let me say,you upgrade it with 45Million,then i myself upgrade it for 50 MILLION?….Anong pagkakaiba na pwedeng ika-bighani ko with a difference of only 5Million? The situation is not OMG! It´s just “Kibit-Balikat” lang!
    My point is that,Our Airport is old enough to call for a REAL BRAND NEW Airport! NAIA is not Barasuain Church,orTaal Church that is significant sa bansa natin.It´s not a 17th century object na pwede tayong manghinayang?
    Saka,akala ko ba eh napag-usapan na ito noon pa? If i still remember,Mr Mar Roxas want the old designer to take the responsibility because he knows the “blueprint” di ba? Some others suggested Mr Cobonque? Ano ba talaga?
    Yung suggestion ko na gawin na lang CITY GRAND TERMINAL that i have mentioned it in details sa isang article like “Clark International Airport as Asia´s next Aerotropolis”. Isipin mo,gagastos ka ng 45$Million for upgrading NAIA,then another mega amount of money to spend in Clark Airport eh masyado naman atang hindi na pinag-iisipan yan.
    Isipin nyo,that Airport is 32yrs old!!!…..Pnoy,as long as President until 2016 will keep his eye on it.Sigurado ako nyan! Paano kung iba na ang Presidente ng Pilipinas by 2016? Magkano na ang aabutin ng pagpapa-upgrade by that time?Will he continue to give the same interest on it?

    • RJ Legaspi

      Please read the article carefully. The USD 45 million budget is for the completion and upgrade of Terminal 3 alone. 

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    ppppppppwwwwweeeeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwww

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