MANILA, PHILLIPINES – The inauguration of the newly repaired and upgraded Taxiway Charlie at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City marked another milestone for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
“The newly upgraded taxiway will enable large aircraft types, like the Boeing 777, a smoother and faster maneuvering en route to the parking bay or the main runway. For this, NAIA now joins the ranks of its neighbor airports with concrete taxiway pavements,” according to a statement from the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The airport can now accept more arrivals and departures everyday in the country’s key gateway cities of Pasay and Parañaque, as it will speed up aircraft movement from the runway to the tarmac.
According to a news release, the upgrade of airside facilities will ensure effective use of the runway and improve safety by allowing aircraft to quickly leave the runway and go to the tarmac, which leads to the terminals.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) cooperated with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to complete the project, which cost PHP1.1 billion which includes civil and electrical work.
The project’s design specifications was based on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aerodrome Design Manual. The thickness of the taxiway pavement structures was chosen to meet the criteria for large new aircraft’s characteristics, allowing for faster exit and release of departing flights.
According to the DOTr, these advances are set to boost improvement in the economy, tourism, and business, resulting in greater opportunities and advantages for Filipinos.
“The repair and upgrade of the NAIA Taxiways were carried out simultaneously and was undertaken with NAIA remaining operational and causing no interruption or danger to airport operations,” MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal stated.
It was determined to repair and upgrade the taxiway for safer aircraft operations after many site inspections and repair activities from Taxiway Charlie 1 to 5 and Hotel 1. – WhatALife!