Philippines to build low-cost terminal near NAIA

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The Philippine government has announced plans to build a new low-cost terminal in Manila.

The country's department of transport and communication's secretary Joseph Abaya says initial plans are for the new terminal to be built next to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport's (NAIA) third terminal.

"Terminal 3 is designed for 13 million foreign passengers. To maximise terminal 3, we will build a low-cost terminal next to it and bring all the domestic airlines to the terminal," he said in a local televised interview.

The low-cost terminal will also cater to both domestic and international operations of Philippines-based carriers such as Cebu Pacific. The department could not be contacted for further details.

Meanwhile, work is ongoing at the country's 182,500 square metre third terminal, which once completed, will be able to handle 33,000 passengers daily. The completion of the terminal is also expected to ease congestion at NAIA's terminal 1.

Clark International Airport has also said that it is planning to have a new budget terminal operational by 2016 to cater to growing demand in the Philippines. The airport, which serves as an alternative to Manila's crowded NAIA, told Flightglobal Pro in 2012 that the expansion is in line with plans put forward by low-cost carriers such as Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia and PAL Express.