International Airlines Transfer to NAIA Terminal 3
Several foreign airlines were asked to transfer their operations to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA3) as early as April 2014, while Terminal 1 undergoes a facelift,
"We told them that we might be ready to receive them some time April or May. But they requested for another one year for their lounges. That's their worry, so we offered them the government lounges to make sure that they would be transferred," Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was quoted as saying.
Secretary Abaya said Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates Airlines and two other carriers would be transferred to NAIA Terminal 3, where Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and All Nippon Airways already operate.
He said the transfer would bring down capacity at the NAIA Terminal 1 to between 4 million to 4.5 million from the existing 7 million to 8 million. "The rehabilitation works for Terminal 1 started last month and should be completed by January in 2015 in time for the APEC Summit," he said.
Separately, Delta Air Lines announced that it will relocate its operations from Terminal 1 to the newer Terminal 3 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which is much closer to the Makati central business district.
Delta operates non-stop flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita and to Nagoya-Centrair airports in Japan, where customers can conveniently connect to an extensive network to and within the United States. Both the Manila-Tokyo and Manila-Nagoya flights are operated using Boeing 747-400 aircraft, featuring full-flat bed seats with direct aisle access in the business elite cabin, economy comfort section with more recline and legroom and audio video on demand on all Economy seats, with an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.