Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific hopes to receive more slots, and improve its operational efficiency, after a rapid exit taxiway at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is completed.
The additional exit, which will be built by February 2012, will allow landing aircraft to quickly leave the runways and allow more aircraft to land sooner.
"Currently the actual aircraft landing and take-off at NAIA is estimated at 45 movements per hour and we expect it to go up to 60 per hour. That should give us more slots," said Candice Iyog, the airline's vice-president of marketing and distribution, in an interview.
The carrier is also pushing for general aviation traffic to be transferred out of NAIA, a move it believes will free up 15% of the airport's capacity for commercial airlines.
Congestion at NAIA is a major issue, but Iyog said that upgrading the airports in Manila to allow night flights would help to clear it up somewhat.
The Philippines' Department of Transportation and Communications is also mulling over a proposal to sell NAIA to help pay for a new international gateway at Clark International airport.
This is because the 30-year-old NAIA has reached its saturation point with little room for expansion. The total capacity of the four terminals is 32 million a year, and throughput is expected to reach 30 million in 2011.