The Philippines Government will start a PHP1.1bn ($25m) programme to revamp Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s terminal 1 in January 2012.

The improvement will cut immigration, customs and baggage waiting times for passengers, and improve the Manila-based airport’s basic amenities.

The upgrading includes retrofitting columns and reinforcing slabs and beams, which is estimated to cost PHP340m, and constructing a PHP300m rapid exit taxiway to relieve runway congestion and minimise delays.

The project would also cover the PHP20m repair and renovation of the terminal’s 72 toilet facilities.

The reconstruction will be complete within 18 months.