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Dignitaries lounge to be built in NAIA 3 for APEC summit

MANILA, Philippines – A special lounge for dignitaries will be constructed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in time to welcome guests of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to be hosted by the Philippines next year.

The government will spend a total of P10.32 million for the project which will be bidded out to qualified contractors.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), those interested in bidding can inspect the site reserved for the lounge on April 11. They should submit their bids and eligibility documents on April 30.

Prospective contractors should have a valid Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license. Sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least 75% interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines are the only ones qualified to bid.

Contractors should also have completed a similar project worth at least 50% of the final budget for contract.

The bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the revised implementing rules and regulations of the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No 9184).

Airport improvements

All foreign airlines have been asked by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to move to NAIA 3 in order to decongest NAIA 1 which has had to handle 7 to 8 million people compared to its original capacity of 4 to 4.5 million.

So far, only Delta Airlines has agreed to transfer its operations to NAIA 3.

NAIA 3 is undergoing retrofitting and rehabilitation costing P1.9 billion. The overhaul, being carried out by Japanese company Takenaka Corporation, is expected to be completed by July. This is one month ahead of its original August deadline.

The rehabilitation works at Terminal 3 include baggage handling, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, and fire protection systems.

The goal is to improve the experience of passeners flying in and out of Manila, among others, to allow a faster and more pleasant experience for passengers flying in and out of Manila.

NAIA 1 facelift

NAIA 1, tagged the world's worst airport in 2013, is also set to undergo a makeover. 

A P1.3 billion facelift by DM Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) will include architectural works, structural retrofitting, improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection facilities.

Aside from preparing for the APEC summit, the improvement of the two airports is to enable the facilities to accommodate a projected increase in passengers.

Latest data from the MIAA showed the number of domestic and international passengers increased by 3.1% – from 31.877 in 2012 to 32.865 million last year.

But the DOTC has its eyes on even bigger fish. 

By 2027, the agency hopes to operationalize a new international airport with the joint development of NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. 

This new airport will accommodate an increase in passengers in the Greater Capital Region, as predicted by a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

By 2040, the number of passengers in the region will hit 106.7 million passengers, up from 31.88 million in 2012. – Rappler.com