New Manila airport terminal set for full service by August 2014

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The Philippine government will return Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Terminal 3 to full operations by August 2014 after reaching an agreement to complete the final stages of the project.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) says that it has reached agreement with Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp to complete and integrate systems works for the new terminal. These include baggage handling, flight information display and fire protection systems, computer terminals and gate co-ordination.

Upon completion of the project, the terminal’s handling capacity will be doubled to 13 million passengers annually.

Takenaka was commissioned by the Philippine International Air Terminals Co (PIATCO) to build the terminal in 1998, but construction was halted in 2002 following allegations of contractual irregularities and a legal dispute. That dispute led to the contract being terminated in mid-2003, and the government took over the operation of the terminal.

The DOTC adds that it is also working on other projects in air traffic management, communications and navigation that will further enhance the quality and safety of the country’s aviation industry.