Poe: Expand NAIA to solve airport congestion

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Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, chair of the Senate Committee on public services, quizzes transport officials, representatives of airline companies, and other resource persons during the committee hearing regarding proposals to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Photo taken on March 1, 2018. -- Cesar Tomambo/ SENATE PRIB

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares on Thursday, March 1, said the airport congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) would be better solved through its expansion rather than the terminal rationalization plan of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

Ang talagang solusyon diyan ay hindi paglilipat ng terminal ng mga ibang airline kundi pag-e-expand ng NAIA (The real solution is not the transfer of airlines to a different terminal but the expansion of NAIA),” she told reporters after the Senate hearing on airport.

The MIAA’s plan seeks to segregate international flights to NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 and domestic flights to Terminals 2 and 4. It also plans to transfer some domestic flights to Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga.

CebGo President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander G. Lao opposed MIAA’s terminal re-assignment plan, saying that moving Cebu Pacific’s domestic flights would add up to 16.6 million passengers at Terminal 2, which was more than its 9 million passenger capacity. — Camille A. Aguinaldo