In anticipation of the expected influx of passengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Holidays, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will open a partial segment of the NAIA Expressway Christmas Lane tomorrow at 6AM.
The NAIA-X Christmas Lane would allow access from Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard to Terminal 3 and Skyway. This complements the first phase of the project, which connected Macapagal Blvd. and PAGCOR Entertainment City in Pasay to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2. This means NAIA terminals 1, 2, and 3 are now interconnected.
The NAIA-X Christmas Lane is estimated to cut travel time by at least 40%, according to the DPWH, the lead agency for the project. It is the first segment of the project’s Phase 2B. The second section, which is ongoing construction, would provide easier access to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
“Makakatulong ito para sa mga kababayan nating darating ngayong Pasko. Maganda ang patutunguhan kung maganda ang daloy ng trapiko,” said Transportation Sec. Art Tugade. The DOTr, through the Toll Regulatory Board, is the regulating body of the expressway.
Together with DPWH Sec. Mark Villar, Tugade led the final inspection and ceremonial opening of the expressway today.
The PHP 20.45-Billion NAIA Expressway Project is a four-lane, 12.65-kilometer elevated expressway and 2.22-kilometer at-grade traversing Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Paranaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. After all phases are completed, the Expressway Project is expected to provide easy access to and from NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will interface with SLEX through Sales interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), and Macapagal Blvd.
“By first quarter of 2017, we hope to provide the public full access of NAIA Expressway, including Runway Manila,” said Villar.