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LOOK: Legazpi Airport sustains heavy damage due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara says they will inspect the airport facilities soon as weather in the province improves

A view of the destroyed wall of the passenger terminal in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on December 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Simvale SAYAT / AFP)

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

Airports on heightened security alert after Jolo bombing

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The Office of Transportation Security raises 'Security Condition 2,' which means an additional layer of security measures must be employed by aircraft operators and state agencies

SECURITY. The airport security committee of Plaridel Airport in Bulacan convenes on January 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of CAAP

CAAP on ‘heightened alert’ for holiday passenger rush

Dec 09, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Employees of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will observe a 'no leave and day-off' policy during the holidays

FOR SMOOTHER SERVICE. CAAP gears up for the holiday rush at Philippine airports from December 2018 to early January 2019.

Puerto Princesa airport workers return bag with P1.5M

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The hand-carry baggage with cash and other personal items is reunited with its owner who had left it at the arrival area of the airport

HONESTY. Employees of the Puerto Princesa International Airport return a luggage containing P1.5 million in cold cash to a passenger. Photo from Percy Malonesio/CAAP

DOTr still in talks with NAIA Consortium over airport rehab terms

May 24, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Department of Transportation says there are still 'many conditionalities' to be discussed, including payment to the government

NEGOTIATIONS. The Department of Transportation is negotiating some terms in the proposal of the NAIA Consortium to rehabilitate, operate, and maintain the dilapidated international airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

NAIA Consortium shortens period, lowers cost for airport rehab proposal

May 22, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The NAIA Consortium, which is composed of 7 of the country's biggest conglomerates, is now proposing a 15-year concession period and P105-billion project cost

NEGOTIATING TERMS. A consortium of 7 of the country's top conglomerates is negotiating the terms of its proposal to rehabilitate Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with the transportation department. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Better air-conditioning at NAIA Terminal 3 as summer begins – gov't

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'With this development, passengers can be assured of a convenient and relaxing atmosphere while waiting for their flights this summer season,' says Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal

BETTER SERVICES. Netizens rave about improved services at the Philippines' premier airport, once tagged the world's worst.

NAIA Consortium wants to link airport to Metro Manila Subway, LRT1

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Part of the consortium's proposal is a transit system or 'people mover' that would connect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the planned Metro Manila Subway and existing Light Rail Transit Line 1

PEOPLE MOVER. A Philippine consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports, which would provide technical support in master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

Conglomerates appeal for fast decision on NAIA proposals

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The conglomerates which form the so-called 'super consortium' say the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a 'strategic national asset that needs upgrading without delay'

NAIA BATTLE. Top Philippine conglomerates are competing with Megawide-GMR group for the original proponent status of the NAIA rehabilitation project. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Zamboanga's airport to be transferred in 4-5 years

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The new airport will be located 17 kilometers away from the city proper at the project site in Barangay Mercedes, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

OLD AIRPORT. For decades, Zamboanga's old airport has been lobbied for transfer due to its proximity to the city's commercial district. The current airport also lacks modern facilities such as jet bridges. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

Poe pushes for NAIA expansion as solution to congestion

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe urges the government to consider proposals to expand the Ninoy Aquino International Airport instead of merely redistributing flights

PLAN. Senator Grace Poe says more time is needed for the terminal rationalization plan of the MIAA. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Super consortium' formalizes P350-billion NAIA rehab proposal

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The consortium's members are Aboitiz InfraCapital, AC Infrastructure, Alliance Global, Asia's Emerging Dragon, Filinvest, JG Summit, and Metro Pacific

REHABILITATING NAIA. The consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports International Private Limited to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

Cebu airport operator bags construction deal for new Clark terminal

Dec 19, 2017 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) The group of Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Limited will build a new terminal at the Clark International Airport, which will be able to accommodate an additional 8 million passengers yearly

NEW TERMINAL. The BCDA says the Clark International Airport's new terminal building is expected to break ground in the 4th quarter of 2017 and would be completed in 2020. Artist perspective courtesy of BCDA

Conglomerates in talks for 'super consortium' to upgrade NAIA

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Andrew Tan's Alliance Global and Lucio Tan's LT Group confirm there are talks with other business groups, though no formal agreements have been reached

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Auction for new Clark airport terminal starts

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority names 7 prospective bidders including two Chinese firms once banned by the World Bank as well as the concessionaire of the award winning Mactan Cebu International Airport

NEW TERMINAL. The creation of a new passenger airport terminal in Clark is seen to increase passenger capacity by 8 million per year, from the existing 4.2 million passengers per year. Artist perspective courtesy of BCDA

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NEDA reviews San Miguel's proposed airport in Bulacan

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:35 AM

The NEDA chief however says it is not a priority because they will focus on projects that can be finished within President Rodrigo Duterte s term

BACK BURNER. However, NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia says his office will focus on projects that can be completed in 3-6 years' time. Presidential Photo

Megawide group proposes P208-billion Cebu airport expansion

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM

This would make the Cebu airport the only Philippine airport with two independent parallel runways seen to serve annual passenger capacities of up to 50 million

EXPANSION. The group also intends to rehabilitate the airport's existing runway and taxiways, build a 3rd terminal, add a full-length parallel taxiway, as well as construction of more rapid exit taxiways and runway holding positions. Image from GMR-Megawide official Facebook page

DOTr won't auction off Clark airport rehab

May 08, 2017 - 12:20 AM

The government will instead redevelop Clark International Airport and later auction off the operations and maintenance of the modernized gateway to the private sector

HYBRID. Developing the Clark airport and having another international gateway would be best for coping with demand growth in the future. Image from Clark International Airport website

DOTr keen on removing Davao airport rehab from PPP pipeline

May 04, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the government is considering funding the rehabilitation of the airport in President Rodrigo Duterte s hometown

AMONG THE BEST. Davao International Airport is among the best 30 airports in Asia, says a survey conducted by a travel website. Photo by Jim de Francia/Google Maps

LOOK: Puerto Princesa International Airport's new terminal

May 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The P4 5 billion terminal has a 2 600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft

Photo from Cebu Pacific

OFWs soon to be automatically exempted from airport terminal fee

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED The P550 terminal fee will be waived starting April 30 for face to face ticket purchases and by the end of July for online ticket purchases

Be it Sangley or Bulacan, San Miguel keen on new airport dev't

Jan 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

At the end of the day we will join all of the auctions for projects of the government says San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang

GOVERNMENT AUCTION.'At the end of the day, we will join all of the auction for projects of the government,' SMC chief Ramon Ang says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Tieng, Sy group optimistic Sangley airport proposal will be approved

Dec 12, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The proposal for the P1 3 trillion Philippine Global Gateway project is up for approval of the NEDA Board

POSITIVE. All-Asia Resources & Reclamation Corporation says the proposal was welcomed by no other than President Rodrigo Duterte himself. Image background from ARRC

MVP open to partnering with Sy or Ang for new Manila airport

Nov 28, 2016 - 12:40 AM

One thing is sure – the Philippines needs a new airport to ease congestion at the NAIA

UPGRADED. The NAIA Terminal 1's improved check-in lobby. Photo from Department of Transportation

IATA to PH gov't: Act on airport proposals now

Nov 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

They ve looked at so many proposals I think it is time to do something Let us make sure it a new international airport is just big enough says a regional director for the International Air Transport Association

UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS. The new transportation chief is open to unsolicited proposals to build a new international gateway. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Group of Sy and Tieng also wants to build a new airport

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:11 PM

The group will join the China Communications Construction Company s dredging unit in this project says a Bloomberg report

WAY HIGHER CAPACITY. ARRC's proposed new airport is seen to handle up to 90 million passengers per year, way higher than NAIA's 28 million

COA: Clark airport control tower needs rehabilitation

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The audit team found the the control tower and its facilities to be non compliant with regulations having obsolete or otherwise busted equipment

Duterte eyes road network to Clark airport

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The new Philippine president wants to decongest NAIA by making use of other airports

AIRPORT PROBLEMS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace

San Miguel, MVP group eye partnership for $10B airport

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Sought for comment Pangilinan says: As to infrastructure in general yes we are open to that

NEW PARTNER? Ramon Ang says San Miguel is also in talks with MVP group for other big ticket projects that the government may bid out in the future. Photo by Agence France-Presse

#PugadBaboy: Airport Mandurugers

Nov 02, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Bullets in luggage again – this time at Davao airport

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:48 PM

The arrest of a passenger allegedly carrying two bullets in his luggage at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City comes after similar cases have been reported in Manila

Legaspi Int'l Airport completes P40M upgrade

Aug 21, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines says its self generated revenue funded the improvement of the Legaspi International Airport passenger terminal

 CAAP

US citizen with grenade, knife nabbed at NAIA 1

May 28, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Philippine airport authorities discover the explosive device and the weapon in the backpack of an American citizen bound for Taiwan

NABBED. Airport authorities escort US citizen Cipiriano de Guzman, who was found with a grenade and a knife during a security check at the NAIA 1 on May 28, 2015. Photo by MIAA

Typhoon Maysak, Aquino on NAIA 1, Ali for Pacquiao | The wRap

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The Philippines braces for typhoon Maysak President Aquino praises NAIA terminal 1 renovations Muhammad Ali roots for Pacquiao

Flight cancellations spoil Christmas cheer

Dec 24, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Flight changes at the Tacloban airport cause chaos and confusion

Emirates, Delta airlines to move to NAIA 3 by August

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:31 PM

Three more foreign airlines are set to transfer operations after the renovation of NAIA Terminal 3

MORE ROOM. More transfers will bring the total number of foreign airlines operating from NAIA Terminal 3 to 6. File photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Sangley airport as 3rd NAIA runway?

Jul 13, 2014 - 8:48 PM

While the proposed new airport is being developed a Japanese agency suggests it can be used as a 3rd runway for congested NAIA

Filipino bringing bullets from Hawaii seized at NAIA

Apr 07, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Jefferson Garalde is found in possession of 16 pieces of 9 mm bullets He claims someone in Honolulu only asked him to bring home the package

SC asked: Void GMR-Megawide consortium's Mactan airport contract

Apr 05, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Citing conflict of interest Senator Serge Osmeña petitions the Supreme Court to nullify GMR Megawide consortium s contract

Dignitaries lounge to be built in NAIA 3 for APEC summit

Apr 05, 2014 - 7:27 PM

The government plans to spend P10 32 million on the project

SPECIAL LOUNGE. The government will spend P10.32 million to build a lounge for dignitaries in NAIA 3 in time for the APEC summit in 2015. File Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

More 'sweeteners' for Cebu airport project

Oct 25, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The government lengthened the period other airports and related businesses near the Cebu airport are banned from being developed

Sweeter project terms for the Mactan Cebu International Airport. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

Abaya: Nothing irregular in CAAP fire truck bidding

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:40 PM

The lowest bidder failed to comply with bidding terms according to the transportation secretary

ABOVEBOARD. Transportation chief Jun Abaya says CAAP did nothing irregular when it disqualified the lowest bidder for its airport fire truck procurement project

NAIA radar repair affects almost 100 PAL, Cebu Pacific flights

Oct 22, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Thousands of passengers are affected by the 2 day maintenance repair of the radar system in NAIA the country s main gateway

MORE INCONVENIENCE. Travelers passing through the Philippines' main gateway will face more inconvenience during the maintenance period for the airport's radar facility. File photo by EPA