PAL offers to build new P20B air terminal next to NAIA Terminal 2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday is offering to build a P20-billion passenger terminal to complement its hub at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

The projected 89,000 square-meter terminal will "expand capacity and dramatically improve passenger convenience," PAL said in a statement.

It said PAL President Jaime Bautista showed architect's perspectives of the annex in a presentation  before the Management Association of the Philippines.

The proposed annex will be designed to handle 12 to 15 million passengers annually, and will include multi-level parking for 1,000 vehicles, a new cargo terminal, and ground service facilities, the statement said.

Aerobridges capable of serving 12 to 17 wide-bodied and single-aisle jets, are also in the plan, he was quoted as saying.

The NAIA Terminal 2 known as the "Centennial" terminal, was designed to handle 7.5 million passengers annually, but it handled nine million passengers last year, said the Manila International Airport Authority.

"NAIA Terminal 2, which PAL has been using exclusively since 1999, has far exceeded its maximum capacity as it was originally built as a domestic airport during the Ramos administration," Bautista said referring to the previous administration of President Fidel Ramos from 1992 to 1998.

The proposed air terminal, which will cover the equivalent area "of 200 basketball courts" is to be constructed on a 16-hectare plot next to NAIA Terminal 2. This property encompasses the former Philippine Village Hotel and Nayong Pilipino Complex, and a Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation property.

Bautista added the company would also need the government's support in securing land leases needed for the new terminal.

"PAL, which currently operates at NAIA 1, NAIA 2, NAIA 3 for some of its domestic flights, is keen on the annex building project to consolidate its operations, and provide adequate room for its growing fleet of jets and international and domestic passengers," the statement said.

PAL has 87 wide-bodied and single aisle jets in its fleet, which is expected to increase to 96 by 2021.

Bautista also said the company is doing its part to promote tourism in the country by building a new network of local and regional flights from Clark, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao, Caticlan and Kalibo.