The renovation of NAIA Terminal 2 is in full swing, according to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal.
"We started last September 2018 and despite the challenges, we shall proceed as planned. I say challenge because we are business as usual despite ongoing works. We hope to deliver on our promise to finish everything by March next year," the airport chief said.
The project involves architectural face lifting 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 (32) 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.
Walls, columns, beams and soffit finishes at the arrival and departure passenger movement areas, aerobridge areas and elevated roadway will be upgraded.
Replacement of glass doors at the pre-departure gates and fixed bridge gates, and cleaning and polishing of metal frames, metal louvers and claddings will also be undertaken.
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.
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 these additional installations.
The exterior of the buidling will have its share of fixing as exterior ledges, walls, beams, soffit, pathways and pocket gardens undergo waterproofing works.
Not putting aside safety of wellwishers, additional tubular bars at the bottom of existing railings will be put in place.
Passengers will also be happy to see a much improved flight information display system, and take delight listening to a new public address system after completion of the project.
Prior to the rehabilitation project, MIAA has added a total of 9 comfort rooms at the passenger movement areas in the year 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," GM Monreal said in closing.
18 February 2019