The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has revived a proposal from 2015 that seeks to build a brand new passenger terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
PAL President Jaime Bautista revealed the proposal in a press conference during the Management Association of the Philippines general meeting on Wednesday, GMA News reports.
The proposal will then be presented to the Department of Transportation for consideration. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about it:
What is it?
The proposed terminal is basically an annex building that will expand NAIA terminal 2 and is designed to accommodate more passengers and flights. “We proposed to construct a terminal 2 annex, essentially a whole new terminal connected to the current terminal 2,” Bautista said.
The project is estimated to cost P20.4 billion and will include a cargo terminal, ground service facilities, and multi-level parking with slots for up to 1,000 cars.
What’s the capacity?
According to Bautista, the annex will have enough aerobridges to accommodate up to 17 single aisle and wide-bodied jets.
Where will it be located?
PAL plans to erect the 89,000 square meter structure in a 16.3-hectare area adjacent to the NAIA-2. The proposed area will include the defunct Philippine Village Hotel, among others.
“We plan to lease an additional 16.3 hectares of land adjacent to our new terminal 2 aircraft parking area,” Bautista said.
How many passengers can it hold?
The NAIA-2 annex is expected to accommodate around 15 million passengers a year. This is double of what the NAIA-2 terminal can handle, a figure that currently stands at 7.5 million passengers. In comparison, all four NAIA terminals are designed to accommodate 30 million passengers a year.
What are the other benefits?
Aside from decongesting the NAIA and contributing more flights, the proposed terminal will provide employment opportunities to the labor force in the form of up to 5,000 construction jobs while it’s being built.
It will then provide more employment opportunities after it gets completed.
“Once operational the terminal will support at least 3,000 jobs, managers, counter personnel, ramp service crew, cleaners and maintenance personnel, security and lounge staff, employees of concessionaire shops and more,” Bautista said.