NAIA Terminal 1 burst to seams as Cathay seeks new home
February 10, 2009
Hong Kong, SAR - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways will lead international airlines to Terminal 3 by middle of this year.
Coming in tow are Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, and Thai Airways whose international flights caused congestion at the Terminal 1 during peak hours. All of them also operated multiple flights.
Terminal 1 exceeded its 7-million passenger capacity in 2007. With the foreign airlines transfer, it is expected that 3 million passengers will be taken away from Terminal 1.
However, Terminal 1 capacity is expected to grow following additional flights from middle east carriers particularly Emirates and Qatar airways. Emirates intend to fly the bi-class Airbus 380 early next year. Two more foreign airlines, one from Europe and the other from the middle east, are also expected to fly out of Manila Terminal 1 this year if their plans push through.
General manager Alfonso Cusi of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) when asked, neither confirmed nor deny which airline was transferring because they are still negotiating the terms of the contract. Japan bound airlines will continue to operate at Terminal 1.
MIAA earned revenues close to P8 billion last year. CAB expects the Philippines to continue serving more passenger arrivals despite the crisis, citing the healthy growth of deployment in overseas Filipino workers. OFW arrival was recorded at 25 percent of terminal capacity in 2008. Philippine aviation industry grows more than 9% in 2008 while the rest of Asia Pacific struggles positive growth.