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Philippines Travel – Expanding the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with NAIA 3

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the Philippines’ international entry passage going to Manila, Philippines. This has been a very important structure for the country because there are thousands of people who go in and out of the country as well as others who also go to local provinces by plane.

NAIA3Because of so many passengers, slowly, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA is already getting a big volume of passengers and is starting to be crowded with so many flights. In view of this fact, the NAIA management authorities have proposed the construction of NAIA 3.

NAIA 3 is already the third terminal which was constructed in 1997. It is designed as the biggest terminal in the NAIA complex with so many big controversies as well. The opening of the NAIA 3 was delayed so many times because of so many technical and safety concerns. Besides that, there was an issue that the project was mismanaged by the Estrada government. However, it was just recently opened to the public and began its partial operations on July 22, 2008.

On the first day of operations, there were 16 inbound and outbound domestic flights accommodated by the airport. These flights were from Philippine Airlines’ PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. After two days, NAIA 3 is already fully operating and it was on August 1, 2008 when all Cebu Pacific flights, including international operations were transferred to the terminal. Currently, the operations here are smoothly ongoing for the flights accommodated by the airport.

Terminal 3 Structure Details

With the total area of 182,500 square meters, terminal 3 is built on the 63.5-hectare land on Villamor Air Base. NAIA terminal 3 is connected to a parking building that can accommodate 2,000 cars and this is separated from the outdoor parking area which could house additional 1,200 cars. Being the biggest terminal, it is intended to be of service to 33,000 passengers everyday or 6,000 passengers per hour at the most. For better service, NAIA 3 was constructed with an adjoining four level mall.

Tourism analysts predict that more airlines would fly to the Philippines especially now that the terminal 3 is fully operating. This is a good sign for the economy of the country because income from tourism will increase. Nonetheless, there are still limitations because the airport only has one runway which has been speculated to reach the full capacity by year 2010. Furthermore, the government has also started a relocation plan for most of international operations. The proposed development would be transferred to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga.

The NAIA 3 is built for the convenience of passengers, foreigners and locals alike. It has been designed perfectly with an area of 147,400 square meters. There are also 34 air bridges and 20 contact gates. This functionality allows the terminal to accommodate 28 planes anytime. Flight display monitors can be found all over the terminal so there is no way that a passenger will be left wondering when his flight would leave.

In addition to that, the passenger security and protection is guaranteed by the management of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

Philippine Islands – Wonders of Philippines

This post is part two to my earlier post – The Philippine Islands – Wonders of Philippines.

America’s Mission

When the Spanish control over the archipelago started to decline, the American’s pounced on the chance and started to begin their mission of preparing the country for independence, but the road to Philippine independence was not so smooth.

A war broke out between the Americans and the Filipinos as a result of two American privates killing three Filipino Soldiers. After the hostilities were settled, the United States started their mission to prepare the country for independence. Today, the Philippines continue to have close ties with the United States.

Philippine Map

Japanese Invasion

The Japanese gained control of the Philippines during the Second World War forcing the country into a puppet regime. As soon as the Japanese were ousted, the Americans returned and continued on the process to make the Philippines into the independent country that it is today.

Tyranny and People Power

Since then the Philippine Republic has undergone its share of trials and tribulations. Among them was the Tyrannical rule of the late Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos was then forced to step down through the process of a peaceful and prayerful movement known as the People Power One or EDSA 1.

Modern Day Philippines

After President Marcos fled the Country, Corazon Aquino took rule and reformed the republic and it has remained the same to this day. However, the political scene of the Philippines was shaken when another People Power movement sought for and succeeded in making President Joseph Estrada resign his post as president.

At present the country is ruled over by her second female president in the form of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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