NAIA Terminal 1 to get P1 billion for much-needed "facelift"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that, after 30 years, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will finally undergo a much-needed overhaul. The NAIA 1 "facelift"is set to start in January and "is expected to be finished within 2012." The proposed budget is P1 billion.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that, after 30 years, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will finally undergo a much-needed overhaul. The NAIA 1 "facelift"is set to start in January and "is expected to be finished within 2012." The proposed budget is P1 billion.

 

The report pointed out that the 67,000-square-meter NAIA 1 has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year-but it served 7.3 million people last year.

 

NAIA 1’s various shortcomings were recently highlighted when it was tagged as the world’s worst airport by the website, The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. However, according to the report, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said "this is not why the passenger terminal is being spruced up." He explained that "the undertaking had been discussed by various administrations in the past."

 

Honrado revealed the firm of Leandro V. Locsin and Associates, the original architect of NAIA-1, is helping conceptualize ideas about how the newly rebuilt structure would look. Also part of the project are furniture and interior designer Budji Layug, architect Royal Pineda and Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who are providing their expertise pro bono.

 

Last month, at the height of the "Word Airport in the World" furor, Cobonpue, Layug, and Pineda had presented a design for NAIA Terminal 1’s  makeover.

 

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