Jam-packed Naia gets a 5th Terminal
The government has come up with an even quicker solution to the problem of passenger traffic in the overcrowded Naia 1 terminal: a 5th terminal soon to rise beside Naia Terminal 3.
Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Abaya confirmed through news site Business Mirror that ‘We are pushing through with Naia Terminal 5.’ He added that they are currently reviewing if the infrastructure can be made using the government’s public-private-partnership programme.
Abaya explained that ‘we haven’t decided on the structure of the project yet.’ But they are eyeing on a location beside Naia 3 as the site of the 5th terminal.
The secretary gave no other details but said they need further approvals before construction finally begins.
Aside from the proposed 5th terminal and the ongoing rehabilitation of Naia 1 and 3, the government is also considering two more plans to improve international flights to and from the Philippines.
The first and more updated of these is the proposed $10b airport by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), headed by Ramon Ang. The airport by SMC will have 4 runways in a 1,600-hectare reclaimed land along the Manila-Cavite Coastal road. The land is owned by Cyber Bay Corporation, controlled by Ang, and is in the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas:
Ang said the proposed airport will rival those in Singapore and Hong Kong in quality and standards. It will have its own general aviation office, maintenance facilities, train system and dedicated toll way. SMC predicted that the project could be completed in 7 years.
The second plan by DOTC is a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite or Laguna de Bay based on a study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica). This new airport is planned as a replacement of Naia and is projected to be operational by 2027.
The government said that it will also develop the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga as a twin-airport to Naia and to Naia’s replacement airport once the former is closed. Jica suggested that the Naia grounds can then be converted into a business district.