The Philippine government is planning to increase passenger handling capacity at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) next year with the completion of a new Terminal 3.
Improving Terminal 3 will allow the airport to handle 13 million passengers a year after a four year expansion process.
Philippines assistant transportation secretary, Joel Lacsamana, told AFP: "The terminal needs a new baggage handling system, a flight information display and 21 other systems identified in a safety audit.
Lacsamana said: "This would allow us to operate the terminal at 100% capacity by the end of the year. Right now we are stuck at 48%."
The airport has three terminals which are capable of handling 28 million passengers, while they have handled 27.38 million passengers in 2011 even without Terminal 3 operating at full capacity.
The government also embarked on enhancing Manila Airport’s Terminal 1 in January this year which is the oldest of the three terminals, built in 1981.
Completion of Terminal 3 would allow the airport to reduce capacity at Terminal 1 and speed up the construction work at the airport.
Japanese firm Takenaka was originally awarded a contract to build the terminal, but could not complete the project due to a legal dispute. Now the government is considering bringing in the same firm to complete the project.
The previous Philippines president, Joseph Estrada, awarded the Terminal 3 project to a consortium of companies including the German company Fraport in 1997 while Takenaka, the main sub-contractor, began work in 2000.
Gloria Arroyo, who succeeded Estrada had cancelled the contract and forced the consortium to sell back the project to the government in 2004 resulting in even cancelling the contract awarded to Takenaka.
Image: Upgrading Terminal 3 of NAIA will facilitate to handle 13 million passengers per year. Photo: Mithril Cloud