International carriers to transfer operations at NAIA 3 on August

Aviation Updates Philippines - Five international carriers will transfer their operations from the ageing Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 following the P1.9 billion rehabilitation of NAIA 1.

From the current 8 million passengers a year, authorities shall downgrade the passenger capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 to 4.5 million passengers a year. 

The airlines that will move to NAIA 3 are KLM, Delta, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. They will start to transfer in August as the five airlines shall construct lounges and offices and that will take time. 

The NAIA 3 renovation includes baggage handling, flight information displays, computer terminals, gate coordination, and fire protection systems, among others to allow a faster and more pleasant experience for passengers flying in and out of Manila. 

“We will be reducing the number of users of NAIA1 from the present eight million so it will now be back to its rated capacity of 4.5 million,” Lotilla said, quoted by PhilStar. 

The Department of Communications and Transportation is planning to construct a new international airport by 2027.