Experiencing a year full of growth in 2018, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), under the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), will continue to exert utmost efforts to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of the public at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Passenger safety and security remain top priorities, and the DOTr, together with MIAA and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), continues to improve security measures at the country’s main gateway.
Procurement of new equipment such as x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems are ongoing. These are all expected to be installed and operational by the 2nd quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, existing security personnel are undergoing re-trainings, and hiring of additional MIAA-contracted guards who will be on duty 24/7 is also underway. Newly-hired security personnel will undergo new background check procedures, including neighborhood and NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency) checks for those implementing security control, and submission of new NBI clearances for all MIAA access pass holders.
For 2018, MIAA implemented and completed numerous projects and programs. These included the replacement of defective power cables from Substation Roadway 2 to Substation South Concourse at the NAIA Terminal 3, replacement of the conventional apron lighting and departure viaduct lighting to LED lighting at the NAIA Terminal 2, replacement of conventional lighting fixtures and lamps to LED lighting at the NAIA Terminal 3, rehabilitation of powerhouse mimic board relay interlocking system, upgrading of the baggage conveyor belts at the NAIA Terminal 2, replacement of 9 passenger boarding bridges including the layout of new power feeder-line cables at the NAIA Terminal 1, and an ISO 9001-2015 Certification upgrade of MIAA's Quality Management System to the new edition.
MIAA also completed two new additional Rapid-Exit Taxiways at NAIA’s international runway 06/24, which were inaugurated by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Notwithstanding the completed projects, the MIAA is also on full speed with the ongoing implementation of various projects and programs to improve airport operations.
These include the detailed engineering design (DED) and construction management supervision (CMS) of the Repair and Upgrading of Taxiway Hotel (H-1), Charlie 1, Charlie 2, Charlie 3, Charlie 4, and Charlie 5; the DED and CMS for the milling and paving of runway 06/24; ongoing overlay of Runway 06/24 with a target completion date of February 2019 for the civil works portion and June 2019 for the electrical portion; DED and CMS of Runway 13/31 including interconnecting taxiway and repair and upgrading of runway 13 extension and H3 segment of runway 13/31; and the construction of an additional holding position on Runway 13, where consultancy services for the project are ongoing. Lastly, maintenance services for the Mitsubishi elevators, escalators, and moving walkways in NAIA 1, 2, and 3 are ongoing.
Rehabilitation of the NAIA is also underway, with the offer of the consortium of 7 being evaluated. In two to four years, a brand new NAIA will see upgrades and improvements such as the expansion of terminals, construction of additional runways, taxiways, passenger terminals, and other support infrastructures.
International, Domestic, and General Aviation Operations
As it continues to work on improvements at the NAIA, the MIAA posted positive growth rates in both business and operational aspects. For 2018, the MIAA’s gross revenues were up 9% or PhP1.16 billion for a total of PhP14.11 billion.
MIAA records show that international flight operations improved by 4.42%, or 4,822 flights, for a total of 113,817 flight movements. Along with this increase, passenger throughput also went up by 9.62%, or 2,015,939 passengers, for a total of 22,973,510. Cargo movement in international operations increased by 8.46%, or 35,269 metric tons. Total cargo movement in 2018 totalled 452,392 metric tons.
Domestic flight movements saw a decrease of 2.34%, or 3,490 flights. Total domestic flight movements at the NAIA numbered at 145,881, as compared to the 149,371 domestic flight movements recorded in 2017. Despite this, passenger throughput increased by 5.11% or an additional 1,077,273 passengers for a total of 22,142,186 domestic passenger traffic. This element can also be attributed to the introduction of bigger aircraft to service the different domestic routes of airline companies in order to optimize the use of runway slotting.
Domestic cargo movement decreased by 8.20%, down to 283,306 metric tons. The decrease of 25,591 is attributable to the inverse relationship between domestic flights and passenger movement because of the new wide body airplanes.
Even the number of operation and passenger movement at the General Aviation sector saw an increase. There was a 14.11% increase in the General Aviation operations with 3,754 more flight movements for a total of 30,358 for 2018. At the same time, passenger movement also increased by 29.88%, or 51,478 for a total of 223,284 passengers. Most of these General Aviation flights bring passengers to and from remote resort islands in Palawan, Quezon, Siargao, and Sulu.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal vows that in the next few years, the NAIA will see numerous improvements that will uplift the overall passenger experience and spur growth in airport operations.
“Through the guidance of Secretary Tugade, the MIAA will rehabilitate, upgrade, and develop the NAIA into one of the top airports in the world, putting passenger safety, security, and comfortability at the forefront,” GM Monreal said. (LON NCR)