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DOTR: NAIA Terminal 4 to close down after Terminal 2's expansion

May 25 ------ The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 will close down after the expansion of Terminal 2 has been completed, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. 


The New NAIA Infra Corporation (NNIC), a conglomerate led by San Miguel Corporation, will take over the airport’s operations by Sept. 14 and seeks to rehabilitate Terminal 1 and expand Terminals 2 and 3. Terminal 4, which serves domestic flights, will be repurposed as a warehouse and a site for administrative offices. “The north wing of Terminal 2 will be expanded towards the Philippine Village Hotel and Nayong Pilipino area,” said DOTr Sec. Jaime Bautista in his speech delivered by assistant secretary Hector Villacorta during a seminar. “The south wing will be extended towards Terminal 1 after the International Cargo Complex and fuel farm are relocated.” 


The expansion, according to the DOTr, is expected to increase the passenger capacity of Terminal 2 from nine million to 32 million per year, and eventually 60 million. The Terminal 3 expansion, meanwhile, is expected to accommodate 25 million passengers annually, from 14 million. Passengers using Terminal 3 will also have convenient access to the Metro Manila Subway, with its final station being constructed in front of it, the DOTr noted. 


The NNIC is also looking to build a three-story Airport Express Hotel adjacent to the north wing of Terminal 2 for those who have early morning departures and those who would miss their connecting flights. There’s also a planned access road toward Terminal 2’s north wing once its expansion is complete. Last February, the NNIC won the bid to rehabilitate NAIA. It signed the concession agreement with the government the following month. Their contract is 15 years and can be extended to 10 more years. 


The NNIC is expected to spend over P200 billion for the concession, including the P122.3 billion capital outlay, the P30 billion upfront payment, and the P2 billion fixed annual payment. It’s also set to share 82.16% of its gross revenue with the government. 



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