New toilets, cooler aircon system at NAIA by December

Rappler.com
The P32.6-million project is expected to bring comfort to passengers and remove NAIA from the ranks of the world's worst airports
COMFORT SOON. The government says installation of new toilet facilities and aircon systems at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals 2 to 4 will be completed before 2014 ends. File photo by Jay Directo / Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – Passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can expect better toilet facilities and air-conditioning by December, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a report.

The P32.6-million ($744,289.78*) toilet improvement project includes the installation of major fixtures such as new water closets, sensor-type urinals, lavatories, tiles, ceilings, and waterproofing works covering 121 toilet facilities in the NAIA.

Around 15% of civil works have been completed as of early August, the MIAA said.

For Terminal 2, a total of 26 toilet facilities are being improved and of this number, 16 are located in the passenger movement area. 

Out of 85 toilets at Terminal 3, 26 have started rehabilitation, while at the Terminal 4, 10 toilets will begin improvements in August.

The MIAA is also installing and replacing airconditioning units at Terminals 1 and 2, to address repeated complaints of warm temperatures inside the airport facilities.

All of the old 36 air handling units (AHUs) in Terminal 1 will be replaced with newly-procured units. Of this number, 17 will be fully-installed by November. The remaining 19 AHUs will be functional by March 2015.

For Terminal 2, a total of 21 new air-conditioning units will be installed. Passengers can expect improved temperatures inside Terminal 2 by September, as 9 out of the 21 units will already be in place within the month, the MIAA report said.

Rehabilitation ongoing

The P1.3 billion ($43.8 million) NAIA Terminal 1 rehabilitation project, which involves structural retrofitting and other engineering works, is ongoing and scheduled to normalize operations by the end of February 2015.

Meanwhile, the P1.9 billion ($43.49 million) NAIA Terminal 3 systems completion effort has already allowed full airport operations at the facility beginning August.

Five major international airlines are transferring to Terminal 3 from from Terminal 1. This will decongest Terminal 1’s annual passenger traffic by 3.5 million passengers, once the ongoing transfers are completed by the middle of September.

Wall Street Cheat Sheet, a US financial media company, ranked NAIA the 8th worst airport in the world, citing overcapacity issues in Terminals 1 and 3.

The DOTC is eyeing a new international airport by 2027, along with the joint development of NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed that the number of passengers in Greater Capital Region would hit 106.7 million by 2040 from 31.88 million in 2012.

JICA has recommended Sangley Point in Cavite as the site of the new international airport, while diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation is proposing to build a $10-billion international gateway. – Rappler.com

 

*($1 = P43.79)