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MANILA, Philippines -- The renovation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (Naia 1) has started after part of the arrival lobby connecting an escalator to the departure area was dismantled to allow the free movement of passengers at the terminal. 

“In a few weeks, this portion of arrival area will be cleared (completely), allowing the unhampered movement of arriving passengers at the arrival lobby,” Naia Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta said. 

P-Square Engineering and Consulting was chosen to start a six-month study, and will conduct tests to establish the load-bearing capacity of the building prior to any expansion or improvement. It will also determine which parts of the structure have become unsafe and thus need replacement. 

The P-Square study will cost the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) some P9.4 million, while the entire renovation will cost about P1.16 billion, said Miaa General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.  

Naia 1 is being refurbished to keep up with the demand; it has already exceeded its load capacity of 10 million passengers yearly.

Most of the 28 foreign airlines at the Naia 1 had expressed intention to stay put and almost all are reluctant to transfer to the Naia 3 until all legal and associated problems are properly addressed.

Currently, only Cebu Pacific, AirphilExpress, and All Nippon Airways use Terminal 3 as their hub, while Cathay Pacific and Delta Airlines earlier signified their intention to transfer.

“We want the public to know that the Terminal 1 upgrade covers not only repairs and installation of new toilet facilities, water supply, and carpeting, but also improvements of aesthetics to be at par with other airports in Asia,” Basanta said.

He pointed out that the Naia 1 arrival area has been completely refurbished, with its walls and ceiling sporting a new look of a metal finish. 

The Miaa management that operates Terminal 1, 2, and 3 said that there are already funds available for the complete renovation of Terminal 1 which is expected to be finished by next year.

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