Consortium unveils proposal for Naia rehab, eyes 70 million passengers every year by 2048

THE Manila International Airport Consortium (Miac) has unveiled its multi-phased development program at the center of its P267-billion unsolicited proposal for the rehabilitation and development of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Miac said it aims to more than double the declared capacity of the airport from 31 million passengers per annum (MPPA) to about 70 MPPA by 2048.

The consortium said on Monday, June 19, 2023, that its banner projection for upsizing Naia is also slated to play a key role in enabling the Philippines to transform into a regional economic hub.

According to Miac, the Naia master plan covers three phases: Phase 1 will be implemented over the first two years and is intended to quickly increase the capacity of the airport to 54 MPPA by 2025 and improve reliability, while reducing queuing times at various bottlenecks throughout Naia; Phase 2 will increase the capacity of the airport to 62.5 MPPA by 2028 through expansion and development of the terminal floor area, addition of airfield facilities and improvements in cross-terminal transportation; and Phase 3 will further increase Naia’s capacity to approximately 70 MPPA by 2048, and consists of long-term expansion and development projects to further expand terminal space and airfield capacity.

“The Manila International Airport Consortium recognizes the immense task of transforming Naia to meet the exponentially growing demands of Mega Manila air travel, not only in the here and now but also in the future,” said Kevin Tan, chairman and president of Alliance Global-InfraCorp Development Inc.

“It is because of this that the members of the consortium have pooled together its significant resources, technical expertise and operational experience to put forward a Naia Masterplan,” Tan added.

Miac is made up of six of the Philippines’ biggest conglomerates — Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corp., Alliance Global-Infracorp Development Inc., Filinvest Development Corp. and JG Summit Infrastructure Holdings Corp. (PR)