DOTC Bids Phase 3 of Albay Airport

Terminal Building, ILS To Be Package Separately

21 December 2014
The Transport Department (DOTC) is set to complete the long delayed, always attacked airport infrastructure project with a trance contract valued at P780.9-million which is set for auction on January 21, 2015.

Phase 1 and 2 valued at P2.2 billion which includes landside (terminal) and airside (runway and taxiway) developments to Bicol International Airport site in Albay is already 45% complete according to DOTC and is slated for completion by May of next year.

The third phase involves more site development works for power, sewer and chlorination facility and water utilities; construction of administration building housing the CAA Office, operations facility and control tower; a separate cargo terminal building, a building for fire and rescue, a power house and maintenance building housing materials recovery facilities, water pump house and water tank, a chilled-water pumphouse for terminal airconditioning; underground fuel storage; and guard houses.

The P700 million passenger terminal building (PTB) comprise the fourth phase and is package separately from the contract which will be bidded out soon. The fifth phase also covers PTB valued separately at more than P500 million to cover lights, furnitures, fixtures, office equipments, X-rays and security equipments, and finishing paints and touches.

The last package for this airport consists of navigational and meteorological equipments, including the ILS equipments valued at P1.3 billion under the 2016 GAA, to support all weather day and night airport operations.

Bicol International Airport has a total price tag of P4.7 billion from the original price of P3.4-billion. It is constructed in Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay and set for completion in 2017.

No Fly Zone During Pope's Visit

20 December 2014

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) has announced that it will close the runway and the airspace in Manila and Tacloban during arrival and departure of His Holiness Pope Francis next month.

CAAP advised airlines, cargo and general aviation operators that on January 15, NAIA primary runway 06/24 and secondary runway 13/31 would be closed beginning 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. for all arriving flights, while departing flights would be allowed to operate from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

A no-fly zone would also be implemented and no ground air traffic movement would be accommodated in NAIA from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive from Sri Lanka on board SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330 around 5:30 p.m. He will fly Philippine Airlines A321 aircraft to Tacloban City in the morning of January 17.

CAAP also said the Tacloban airport would be closed to all air traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 17, except aircraft that carries the papal entourage. NAIA runways would be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Only aircraft departing from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. would be allowed at the NAIA on Jan. 19.

A no-fly zone would also be in effect on Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as the pope is scheduled to leave for Rome on board a Philippine Airlines Airbus A330-300 plane.

NAIA 3 and 4 Closed for Traffic on January 15

20 December 2014

by Kris Bayos

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 4 will be closed to arriving flights due to the closure of roads during Pope Francis’ visit next month.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado has confirmed that NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 will be totally isolated due to the planned five-hour closure of roads leading to Villamor Airbase where the Pope will land on January 15 and depart on January 19.

MIAA will close the runway for arriving flights on Terminals 3 and 4 between 3pm to 5pm but will keep the hub operational for departing flights during Pope Francis’ transit.

“We are not closing the airport just because of the Pope’s visit. We are limiting operations due to the closure of roads around Terminal 3 and 4,” Honrado said.

“Due to these plans, we are advising departing passengers to come to the airport hours before the roads close or they can proceed to the designated staging areas where shuttle service will be provided to transport them to Terminal 3 or 4 via the airside roads,” he said.

He added that staging areas will be set up at Nayong Filipino or Terminal 1 Parking Area B. Unlike Terminals 3 and 4, Terminals 1 and 2 will be partially accessible via the Bicutan-Sucat road network.

Honrado recently met with airline executives and left it to them to decide whether to cancel, divert or delay their arriving flights coinciding with the planned road closure. The aircraft carrying Pope Francis will land at 5:45 p.m. on January 15 and will depart for Rome at 9:45 a.m. on January 19.

The aviation official refused to give an estimate as to the potential losses of government for foregone aircraft landing fees and passenger terminal charges. At least five international airlines operate at the NAIA Terminal 3 while domestic carriers operate at Terminal 4. Airlines also stand to lose profit due to the cancelled, diverted or delayed flights. - Manila Bulletin

Terminal 1 Repairs Completes by June

20 December 2014

Repairs of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is slated to be completed in June says its Contractor after reporting series of delays with new problems cropping up after reconstruction and retrofitting works began.

Airport Contractor DMCI said retrofitting and upgrade works is 40 percent complete and will still be 95 percent complete by March due to unresolved technical issues affecting the terminal's operation.

The completion date has been delayed due to the delivery of materials/equipment and unresolved technical issues which were only discovered during rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation and upgrade project, worth P1.3 billion, started work January 20 of this year and was initially planned to be completed on January 2015.

Transport Secretary Joseph Abaya declared however that completion of the rehab project is slated for completion on or before May 15, 2015.

Netherlands Wins NAIA Runway Consultancy

Thought About Building Terminal Adjacent To It

19 December 2014
Netherlands-based airport consultancy to70 has won the 91.3 million pesos negotiated bid for NAIA Runway Optimization project, and the best optimization idea they have is to build a new terminal 5 to be located in front of Lufthansa Teknik Philippines.

The bidding for 67 million pesos NAIA Airport consultancy contract has failed twice prompting DOTC to enter negotiated contract with the lowest bidder.

The winning bidders idea is novel as opposed to other consultants proposals, either coming from the Philippines, Denmark, United States and the United Kingdom.

US-based MITRE and NATS UK earlier opined that a new runway would increase throughput at NAIA's intersecting runway to about 60 to 70 movements per hour or about 50% more than Manila airport's existing capacity.

The consultant hired by DOTC said the construction of a new terminal adjacent to the new runway works best for Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

According to to70's Managing Director Ruud Ummels, the third runway project will produce more than the desired results of 60-70 take-off and landing per hour if a new terminal is constructed adjacent to it as it lessens disturbance to the main runway.

Ummels said the new runway would still traverse the main runway obstructing its desired optimization. He instead advised on establishing a separate terminal in the proposed parallel runway.

DOTC has been inclined of building a new terminal building but the proposal was shut down by President Aquino last year saying that passenger capacity shortfall is best addressed by expanding terminal 2 and terminal 3 and aircraft congestion by building a parallel runway.

The proposed 2,100-meter parallel runway was meant to inrease airport capacity shortfall by allowing more take-offs and landings.

President Aquino has approved the construction of parallel runway 06-24 right last year, including the demolition of 120 houses in Paranaque. Presently, demolition of the affected houses are on going and is expected to be completed by next year when the parallel runway project would have commence.

Cebu Pacific Clears EU Ban

15 December 2014

Low Cost Carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) from the Philippines has been cleared to fly european airspace by the European Union's Air Safety Committee.

In a published report released last week, the Brussels-based organization has removed CEB from the lists of airlines banned within EU airspace and joins Philippine Airlines as the only carrier from the country with clearance to fly the EU. All other airlines in the Philippines are still barred from flying EU airspace. from

Fraport Losses Again

12 December 2014

German airport operator Fraport AG losses yet again against the Philippines after it has been awarded $5 million in arbitration over the NAIA-3 dispute by the World bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). 

The win against Fraport is the country’s second victory against the German firm, and the third arbitral monetary award made by ICSID after the German company defamed the Philippines as investment thieves.

The win however happens to be a loss cause for Philippine Airlines as it encounter hard times securing the nod for its long awaited flight to Frankfurt, home to Fraport and its German investors.

Earlier, in August 2007, the ICSID dismissed Fraport AG’s claim for just compensation to its investment in Terminal 3, ruling that it had no jurisdiction to entertain the claim because Fraport’s investments were made illegally, in contravention of the Philippines’ Anti-Dummy and other laws, and that illegal investments are not entitled to treaty protection from the German-Philippine Investment Treaty.