MIAA Vows to Repair Defective NAIA Escalators by June 2024

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has committed to fixing defective escalators at NAIA Terminals 2 and 3 by the end of June 2024. The MIAA will source locally-made parts from China to expedite the repair process, addressing a months-long inconvenience for passengers.

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Bijay Laxmi
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MIAA Vows to Repair Defective NAIA Escalators by June 2024

MIAA Vows to Repair Defective NAIA Escalators by June 2024

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has committed to fixing the defective escalators at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 2 and 3 by the end of June 2024. The commitment comes after Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri raised concerns over the months-long breakdown of the escalators during a Senate hearing on the state of international and domestic airports in the Philippines.

During the hearing, Zubiri questioned the effectiveness of the MIAA's current system, stating, "I'm not saying you're not doing anything about it, but we need to know what you're doing about it because it seems like it's not working — whatever system you have in place. It's been how many months?"

Why this matters: The malfunctioning escalators at NAIA Terminals 2 and 3 not only cause inconvenience to passengers but also reflect the country's airport infrastructure and management. The timely repair of these escalators is crucial to maintaining the country's reputation as a touristdestination and ensuring the safety and comfort of travelers.

MIAA General Manager Eric Jose Ines attributed the delay in repairing the escalators to the non-availability of spare parts. The parts were ordered from a sole contractor and supplier of Mitsubishi in mid-2023 with a six-month delivery timeline. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Ines emphasized the need to immediately fix the broken escalators and suggested procuring parts from another supplier.

Ines stated, "Now, ang sinabi ko po by hook or by crook get that escalator and those escalators running. And we're trying to run it kung maaari may timeline po kaming binigay — iba na po ang kinuhaan namin. Kung dumating man ang inorder nila na 6 months ago [ay] magiging extra na lang po yun. What we did is [buy] locally — made in China lang po, pero it's going to work."

The MIAA has now opted to source locally-made parts from China to expedite the repair process. Ines expressed confidence in meeting the June 2024 deadline, stating, "I think we're running it before...by the end of June, aayusin na po namin 'yun. Kasi nakita ko, naramdaman ko rin po yun. Ang hirap po bumaba doon."

The defective escalators at NAIA Terminals 2 and 3 have been a source of inconvenience for passengers for several months. The MIAA's commitment to fixing the escalators by June 2024 aims to address this issue and improve the overall passenger experience at the airport. With the procurement of locally-made parts from China, the MIAA is taking proactive steps to ensure the timely repair of the escalators and restore smooth passenger movement within the terminals.

Key Takeaways

  • MIAA vows to fix defective NAIA escalators by end of June 2024.
  • Senate President Zubiri raised concerns over months-long breakdown.
  • Delay attributed to non-availability of spare parts from sole supplier.
  • MIAA to source locally-made parts from China to expedite repair.
  • Timely repair crucial for country's reputation as tourist destination.