Monday, 16 March 2009

Philippine airport's terminal 3 capacity upped to 32M passengers a year

Manila (10 March) -- With the opening of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to commercial operations, the country's main gateway increased its terminal capacity to 32 million passengers a year, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

According to MIAA General Manager Alfonso Cusi, they are committed to become a globally competitive organization for providing airport facilities and services consistent with international standards, expressed continuing progress and milestones gained in 2008.

"The newly opened terminal is now operational, catering to domestic flights to most local destinations and international flights to Asian countries," he said.

Cusi added the agency has also plans for terminal expansion focusing on capacity building efforts to better handle the increasing passenger traffic and is projected for the next five to 10 years.

"We believe that the increase in passenger traffic is due to the aggressive marketing and promotional ad efforts of domestic airlines and also to the opening of NAIA terminal 3, as we are able to accommodate more passengers because of the added space the new facility provides," Cusi said.

Aside from the opening of NAIA 3, the MIAA has also embarked on modest but useful improvements aimed at maintaining the prestige of NAIA being the main gateway of the country.

Cusi said the improvements of terminal 1 Arrival Lobby and other renovations to give it more updated look and make it more functional to address the changing operational needs of the gateway.

"Despite limited space for expansion, it has been steadily improved as a facility that is both friendly and useful to its passengers and stakeholders well. This is obviously a provided concern for the NAIA in its continuing effort to be at par with other international airports worldwide," Cusi explained.

To further manifest, MIAA serious efforts to make the NAIA terminals safe, as metered taxis were introduced form passenger's safety and convenience and also free shuttle services from and to all three NAIA terminals have also been put into place.

A new security equipment have also been acquired, and other facility upgrades been made and more judicious housekeeping is being practiced.

"I am delighted to receive some positive feedback lately from passengers and users of NAIA who have noticed our humble accomplishments and some improvements. We are joining heads as we are aggressively pursue improvements not only in terms of terminal maintenance but also enhancements in key areas such as passenger safety, security and convenience through it's new service branding dubbed as the "smiling airport," Cusi added.

Moreover, the MIAA is also extending its assistance in the upgrading and construction of Caticlan Airport.

"We promise to share decades of expertise of the MIAA/NAIA personnel in international and domestic airport management and we can only be too glad and willing to extend help for the building of the Panglao and Caticlan airports," he said.

Cusi added it also boosts passenger traffic within the country which is pursuant to objectives and thrust of the national leadership and will be good for the tourism sectors. (PNA)

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