The Manila International Airport Authority recently completed upgrades at the airport worth around PHP900 million (~USD $18.6 million) including improvements for runway 13/31 at Ninoy Aquino Airport (NAIA).

The runway – perpendicular to the longer runway 6/24 – was recently inaugurated by Manila Airport and Philippine Department of Transportation officials. Among the work done include the repair and had a cement overlay of the runway along with the addition of a holding area at the end of runway 13. According to Manila Airport officials the upgrades will give a boost of the flight movement capacity for the runway from 40 to 50 flights per hour (240 per day).

Runway 13/31 is mostly used by small aircraft and domestic flights operated by Airbus A320/A321 jets.

“The aviation industry was not spared from the pandemic’s dire effects. However, it also opened an opportunity for us in the MIAA, to redirect our efforts to prepare for the post-COVID travel scenario. Even as there are talks of proposals from the private sector, the MIAA continued the rehabilitation of NAIA facilities as guided by our good Secretary, Secretary Tugade,” Manila International Airport Authority general manager Eddie Monreal said.

Regarding the shorter time used to complete the construction amid the pandemic, Manila Ariport Media Affairs head Jess Martinez was quoted by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) saying: "It only took more than a year to upgrade the runway. Because of the pandemic, fewer flights, and less people, the work was finished faster.”

Along with the upgrade of runway 13/31, the airport also saw the expansion of Terminal 2 which is used exclusively by Philippine Airlines. The expansion at Terminal 2 includes work at the arrival arrival and conveyor area, lobby, and check-in in the departure area.

Of the PHP900 million spent for the upgrades, PHP400 million was spent for the runway upgrades while the other PHP500 million was allocated to the work at Terminal 2.

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