Multi-billion peso proposals eye expansion of NAIA


Two major groups are now eyeing to expand the operations and address congestion problems of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). These two groups are GMR-Megawide and a “super” consortium composed of some of the country’s biggest conglomerates, proposals cost P150 billion and P350 billion, respectively.

Proposals are now with the government.

“For as long as there’s an agreement that they will not overcharge passengers and there are certain safeguards and guidelines, I think that we should welcome as much interest to be able to rehabilitate NAIA,” Senator Grace Poe said.

“We have the interest of the private sector to be able to help the government… We have to admit that sometimes with the help of the private sector, we can implement projects faster and especially if the consortium is composed of credible investors,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is planning to rationalize operations NAIA terminals 1 to 4. Terminals 1 and 3 will be exclusive to international flights while Terminal 2 and 4 will be for domestic flights.

The senator said distributing domestic operations is only a band-aid solution.

“Kahit saang terminal ilipat diyan ay puno na ang terminal, puno pa rin at magiging siksikan pa rin. Ang talagang solusyon diyan ay hindi paglilipat ng terminal ng mga ibang airline kundi pag-eexpand ng NAIA,” she added.

“Kung i-expand natin ang NAIA, may malulugaran at hindi yung parang inilipat mo sa isang kwarto na masikip doon sa isang kwarto na masikip din. Kaya bigyan natin nang mas mahabang panahon na mapag-aralan ang maayos na paglilipat,” Poe said.