The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City latest infrastructure upgrade is now complete, this will help prevent unwanted flight delays, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
During her speech at the inauguration of NAIA’s upgraded airside facilities on February 16, she said that the facilities aim to increase the maximum allowable commercial aircraft movement in the Philippines’ primary gateway.
She also noted upon the reopening of more destinations in the country, can help boost the tourism industry.
As the country was slowly reopening the tourism sector amid the ongoing pandemic, Puyat said the development came on time and hopes that this will further encourage local tourists to visit the many famous islands and destinations in the Philippines.
“We hope to open more tourism areas with uniform travel protocols and at least, kapag magrecover na ang tourism, hindi na delayed ang mga flights (when our tourism industry recovers, flights will no longer be delayed),” Puyat said.
“Thank you very much, [Transportation] Secretary Art Tugade. Rest assured that the DOT will be always here to support you,” she added.
The gateway’s maximum allowable commercial flight movement capacity is now 50 flight movements per hour, compared to last time which was 40. There will be now a total of 240 commercial flight movements per day. This is due to the completed repair and cement overlay of NAIA’s Runway 13/31 and the construction of an additional holding area (H5) at Runway 13 (which is 153 meters long by 22 meters wide), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
The DOTr added that the concrete overlay used in the improvement of Runway 13 is expected to last between 15 to 20 years and is less prone to potholes, soft spots, and rutting. It also requires less maintenance and repair, which would mean fewer traffic delays and flight disruptions in NAIA.
“Better runway and taxiway surface that is free from potholes and surface depression will translate to faster aircraft movement and ground efficiency.”
Meanwhile, the newly constructed aircraft holding point/taxiway (Hotel 5, 153-meter x 22 meters) will also increase the aircraft movement area,” the DOTr said.
Source: Manila Bulletin