The Manila International Airport Authority said it expects to complete the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 by March 2020.
“We started last September 2018 and despite the challenges, we shall proceed as planned. I say challenges because we are business as usual despite ongoing works. We hope to deliver on our promise to finish everything by March next year,” MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said.
The project involves the architectural facelifting with the replacement of damaged floor finishes and the restoration and chemical cleaning of stained floor finishes in the arrival and departure passenger movement areas.
Damaged ceilings will be replaced. Thirty-two sets of skylight roofing will be repaired. Seismic/expansion joints in general areas, baggage claim area and elevated roadway are to be replaced as well, he said.
The project will upgrade the walls, columns, beams, and soffit finishes at the arrival and departure passenger movement areas, aerobridge areas and elevated roadway.
It will also replace glass doors at the pre-departure gates and fixed bridge gates and clean and polish metal frames, metal louvers and claddings.
The MIAA said a marked improvement will soon greet passengers with the expansion of the departure check-in hall and the arrival baggage area. The work includes the construction of a drop wall, installation of structural framing, installation of new glass wall panels and partitions, glass doors and metal ceiling panels.
It said to complement the expansion of these two areas, additional air-conditioning system, power, lightings, fire protection, electronics and communications systems will be installed. The construction of a power room is necessary to host additional power supply requirements for the installations.
The exterior of the building will have its share of fixing as exterior ledges, walls, beams, soffit, pathways, and pocket gardens undergo waterproofing works.
Additional tubular bars at the bottom of existing railings will be put in place, the agency said.
Passengers will also see a much-improved flight information display system and take delight listening to a new public address system after the completion of the project, the agency said.
Prior to the rehabilitation project, MIAA added nine comfort rooms at the passenger movement areas in 2018.
“Given the spatial constraints that we have in Terminal 2 vis-a-vis the growing passenger traffic, we assure air travelers that we are doing all we can to be of better service to them. We appeal to all airport users to bear with us at this time,” Monreal said.