Speaking of the NAIA reshuffling, I wonder where PAL is going to end up moving its international operations - I don't think LT/JJB and co are too keen on operating at all terminals. While I know PAL already has its ME flights leave and US flights arrive at T1.
PAL will also open a new lounge on the 4th Floor of T1
.....https://businessmirror.com.ph/pals-airc ... 2-billion/
Quote:"A new Mabuhay Lounge at the fourth floor of Naia Terminal 1 will likewise be opened, covering 750 sq m, for its passengers departing at that terminal."
That lounge would likely be expanded once transfer of PAL's international operations to T1
becomes definite. PAL could still use their lounge under construction at T2
since their domestic ops will remain there, although its likely they would share it with other T2 airlines for a fee.
I strongly believe they should consolidate their international flights at T3. Why? Well, because of T3 being larger. While I know maximum pax handling capacity really doesn't matter anymore for an airport bursting at the seams, I think PAL would do itself a disservice if they moved all international flights to T1.
Even if T3
is larger, PAL would again be sharing the terminal with all the other airlines who moved from T1. PR could function more efficiently at T1
alone plus it would be more convenient and comfortable for their passengers not having to jostle with others for space.
Remember that they want to expand further into the US and Western Europe, and a 6.6 million/year handling capacity would barely be enough for their ambitious expansion plans. Add to that the fact that locating PAL at T3 would be better because they can actually share a terminal with their codeshare partners and/or fellow alliance members when they finally get to join an alliance (and I believe it's only a matter of time), which would make international-international transfers less of a pain (and I know PR are starting to capitalize on connecting traffic).
Bear in mind that they'd have that handling capacity all to themselves. They're managing just fine at present with their codeshare partners...and IMO, the right time to join an alliance and take advantage of connecting traffic is when construction of that huge PTB
is finished and all associated systems and access infrastructure are complete and ready for it to be a proper transit hub. PAL will need a terminal to operate from before all those are in place.
If they are willing to spend so much money on their own, why don't they get foreign investments or involve the government and build a new airport from scratch?
Would they want the Government anywhere near their money?
This redevolpment still feels like a stop gap measure. They will need a higher capacity for Manila than 85 million at some point.
The two-airport scheme is a stopgap measure! It's anybody's guess when and where the permanent solution would be
Per Google, the road running from T2 towards T1 is parallel to the runway as far as the end of the fuel tanks and FedEx/DHL ramp and the turns 45 degrees to T1. On the proposal, the T2 extension continues to the central portion of T1,which means that the northern arm of T1 will have to be demolished.
Both satellites are going to be affected if you'd look closer. The proponent seems to think that's more efficient versus retaining the old configuration and the existing aircraft apron.
It also seems that the existing entrance to T1 is to be retained (and possibly rebuilt),so presumably this will still contain check-in,customs and immigration ( and Office of OFW ) facilities. Where these will be placed for international-domestic transferees I have no idea.
Before, I was also thinking that the transfer desk would be after immigration and customs, somewhere around that small structure at the corner of T1
and just connected to T2
by a secure bridge running along the jetblast fence, which could terminate at T2
's extended concourse at the end of the cargo facility. With their scheme, it'd likely be at the former satellites location.