Manila Airport: capacity can be increased by adopting single runway system & expanding terminals

Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is planning to increase capacity through a series of upgrade projects and potential privatisation. Manila will eventually require a new airport because NAIA is space constrained and has no room for new runways or terminals. However, there are opportunities to increase capacity of the existing four terminals while significantly improving the customer experience.

Runway capacity may also increase through a transition to a single runway operation. Closing NAIA’s smaller intersecting runway would improve air traffic management, similarly to the change Mumbai Airport adopted in 2013. 

Infrastructure constraints have limited growth at Manila in recent years. The airport cut slots in 2012 in an attempt to reduce congestion, but again has the opportunity to increase slots as general aviation operations move out and air traffic management improves.

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