NAIA-Newport air-conditioned walkway by 2017

MANILA, Philippines – A 220-meter air-conditioned elevated bridge connecting Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 with Newport City in Pasay City is set to open in the first half of 2017, Public Works and Highways and Transportation secretaries said.

The pedestrian bridge will be enclosed and air-conditioned, with persons with disability (PWD)-friendly facilities, such as moving walkways and elevators.

The project is called Runway Manila, which will stand 17.8 meters above Andrews Avenue.

It is being funded by Travellers International Hotel Group Incorporated, which operates Newport City.

Photo from DOTr

“Once completed, Runway Manila will allow the average person to walk the distance between airport and Newport City in approximately 10 minutes,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement.

Villar said Runway Manila is designed to accommodate up to 2,000 persons at any time, or 200,000 persons per day.

“Rest assured, this will not be the last. There would be more bicycle lanes, pedestrian-friendly facilities constructed,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), NAIA Terminal 3 has a capacity to handle 13 million international passengers annually. – Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler.com