Manila Hotel eyes airport terminal operations

MANILA - Manila Hotel Corp. plans to ask the government to allow the Philippine International Air Terminals Co., Inc. (PIATCo) to operate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA) 3, a local daily reported. Manila Hotel chair, Emilio Yap, is the majority owner of PIATCo which is the builder of NAIA 3. The company is currently facing legal actions from the government and also filed a case against the government. In exchange, PIATCo and its shareholders would withdraw all cases against the Philippine government. The administration must also withdraw all the cases it had filed against PIATCo, according to hotel president, Jose Lina, Jr. said. To pave the way for the opening of the terminal, Manila Hotel will ask the administration “to reconsider” its decision last December to take over NAIA 3. NAIA 3’s original schedule of opening several years ago was blocked by the government’s accusation that PIATCo and its partners conspired with corrupt government officials to limit the government’s share of revenue from the terminal. The new terminal was built to replace NAIA 1, which is more than 20 years old. NAIA 3 is designed to handle 28 aircraft at once and 13 million passengers a year.

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