NAIA's new P500-M runway extension inaugurated

The newly-rehabilitated Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was inaugurated Tuesday, Feb. 16 in front of top airport and Cabinet officials.

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Attending the event were  Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal.

Tuesday's rites involved the inauguration, blessing, and commissioning of the repair and overlay works done at NAIA Runway 13/31 and the newly-constructed taxiway of the airport. Tugade led the ceremonies.

Following the completion of the P500-million project, it is expected that NAIA’s maximum allowable commercial flights will increase to 10 more flights per hour, or a total of 240 commercial flights per day.

Completed during the repair and overlay of Runway 13/31 were the interconnecting taxiways, as well as the 13/31 extension reaching up to 2.258 meters.

The endeavor also included the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas, asphalt overlaying works for the entire runway and exit connections, painting of runway pavement markers and guidelines, and related works for the safe landing and take-off of the aircraft.

Also completed were the repair and upgrading of deteriorated asphalt pavement connected to Terminal 4 Apron and North & South Taxiway.
Monreal said the new runway extension would help decongest the airport ground.