Ninoy Aquino still fine tuning

31 Aug 2008 by business traveller

Three Philippine airlines are now operating out of the once-controversial Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3), which began commercial operations for domestic flights in July, after almost six years of delay due to a lengthy legal battle between the Philippine government and the project’s main contractor, Philippine International Air Terminals Company. NAIA-3 was to have opened in 2002.

NAIA-3’s first tenants are Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines’ PAL Express and Air Express.

On the first of August, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific started up international services, a prelude to when NAIA-3 is expected to host more foreign airlines in February or March of next year.

While facilities remained at a minimum at press time, and certain portions of the terminal still appeared to be in the construction phase, lighting and air-conditioning were working properly. But travellers are warned to expect some delays as glitches in the systems continue to be fine tuned. Visit

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