PAL to operate NAIA3?

Nevermind that the opening of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 has been pushed back for so long, people are losing faith that it will actually open, endless discussion among the the powers that be continues.

Airport officials have allowed Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, to cater to international and domestic passengers at the mothballed Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)-Terminal 3.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), owned by Chinese-Filipino tycoon Lucio Tan, exclusively operates the NAIA Terminal 2.

Alfonso Cusi, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), told dzBB
radio that the government only has the best interest of air commuters in mind.

They have the best interest of air commuters in mind? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


If PAL will be using NAIA3, I will gladly blow my budget just to try out the new terminal. However, will they have exclusive use of the terminal, similar to their current arrangement at the Centennial terminal?

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…
(Let’s wait for the next chapter of this saga)

Thanks to MLQIII for supplying the link to the GMA newsbit.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. Anna says:

    Har. I laughed when I read the word “mothballed.” Geez. It’s probably rusting already.

    I dunno if having PAL operate NAIA3 solely will be a good thing. Won’t the first airport be congested? If ever this pushes through, PAL’d better have more promos to attract travelers so they can at least maximize the *two* airports they have control over.

  2. Carl says:

    Completely Agree.. I’m a foreigner living here and need to travel frequently in and out for business and you wouldnt beleive the talk and disappointment among travelers in and out.

    Can’t understand since we all want the economy to improve yet the gateway is still controlled and sorry but by one of the worst airlines (PAL) i’ve flown in Asia. You can’t upgrade, or use points like the other carriers, the pionts are worthless actually (have many too!) unless you have the time to plan and go to the ticket office in traffic (sorry but I work) the business class (even first) is horrible in my expierence (about 20 flights) broken seats, audio messed up etc. Yes some other airlines have same issues but I’m not forced to fly them as I can choose many going to other international destinations.

    If more airlines could have easy access (i.e travelers) manila could become a great hub such as HKG or BKK. Even if the travelers didnt leave the airport it would mean large amounts of jobs for the airport to accomedaite shopping and layovers. Currently most say “pray you don’t have a layover in NAIA”… The terminals will do nothing to help that.

    Love it here.. just wish it felt more welcome at times and this is one area that doesnt..

  3. nina says:

    That’s a good insight, Carl. The situation now is better than before, when airfares are sky high. Unfortunately, with the cheaper flights, though the Philippines is now more accessible, the service suffers :(

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