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Coordinates: 14°30′50″N 121°00′49″E 14.51389, 121.01361


Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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    • The original airport that served Manila, the Manila International Air Terminal, was opened in July 1937 on Nielson Field, the runways of which now form the Makati Triangle in Makati CBD. In 1948, following American withdrawal, the airport was moved to its current site adjacent to the Villamor Airbase, which was then called Nichols Field. The original structure was built on what is now the site of the NAIA-2. In 1981, fire caused substantial damage to the terminal building, and a new, higher-capacity terminal was built to replace it. Previously named Manila International Airport, it was later renamed to its present name on August 17, 1987, by virtue of Republic Act No. 6639, with the intention of honoring Benigno Aquino, Jr., whose nickname was Ninoy. On August 21, 1983, during the Marcos presidency, former opposition senator Ninoy was assassinated at the airport after returning to the country from his self-imposed exile in Massachusetts, United States. His assassination lead to Marcos being overthrown in 1986 and his wife Corazon Aquino becoming president.[1]
    • Plans for a new terminal were conceived in 1989, when the Department of Transportation and Communications commissioned Aéroports de Paris to do a feasibility study to expand capacity. The recommendation was to build two new terminals, and in 1998, NAIA-2 and NAIA-3 were completed. The terminals were nicknamed the "Centennial Terminal" as their completion coincided with the 100th anniversary of independence from Spain.[1]
    • Currently, NAIA-1 services all flights not operated by Philippine Airlines and its domestic subsidiary, Air Philippines, which operate out of NAIA-2. By 1991, NAIA-1 had already exceeded its capacity and still continues to score poorly amongst other airports in Asia in terms of passenger comfort and out-of-date facilities. In 1997, the government approved for the construction of a new terminal, which was originally scheduled to complete in 2002, however, several technical and legal issues continue to delay the opening of the terminal. The government, however, is planning to open in in 2008 and return services from many of the airlines which cancelled services to Manila as a result of the problems of the current NAIA-1.[1]
    • Longest Runway: 12,261 ft.
    • Elevation: 75 ft.



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