NAIA Terminal 1 is ready for two A380

March 1, 2009

Manila - Manila International Airport Authority general manager Alfonso Cusi disclosed that Terminal 1 is now ready to accommodate 2 Airbus 380 at any given time.

Cusi, in an interview with reporters recently, said that "MIAA has been focusing on how to turn NAIA into a globally competitive airport, providing new facilities and services consistent with international standards".

The NAIA airport complex would undergo further improvements in anticipation of the other international airline transfer at Terminal 3. Cusi said that the existing runway already could manage to service large new aircrafts as noted by the 2007 team of the A380. But the taxiway need further expansion to accommodate wide body jets of airlines that will operate at Terminal 3. Currently they are expanding the airport taxiway for wide body jet maneuvers.

A Cebu Pacific plane was recently stuck at its expanded taxiway when it ran into the wet asphalt that was not yet cured. The taxiways in front of Terminal 3 and old Domestic Terminal used to accommodate only narrow body jets from Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Air Philippines.

With the transfer, 3 million more will be added to Terminal 3 capacity in the short term as the complex’s total terminal capacity increase to 32 million passengers a year in the next five to 10 years.

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