By Benjamin Lim Vergara
EXECUTIVE Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Monday led the inauguration and commissioning of the two new Rapid Exit Taxiways at Runway 06/24 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport which cost PhP309 million to build.
According to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal, the main purpose of the rapid taxiways is to reduce runway occupancy time of arriving large aircraft allowing succeeding aircraft operation at the runway in shorter time minimizing air traffic congestion and flight delays as well as to shorten aircraft spacing requirements for air traffic control.
“The construction of the East and West Rapid Exit Taxiways (which started on June 15, 2018) were carried out simultaneously and was undertaken with NAIA remaining operational and causing no interruption or danger to airport operations,” Monreal added.
Monreal added that the country’s main gateway has now four high speed exits that commercial airlines can use.
“It shall provide quicker exit for aircraft going to the taxiway and pave the way for quicker release of flights taking off.”
Aside from Medialdea and Tugade, the other invited guest who graced the occasion were DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo and Civil Aviation Authority director general Jim Sydiongco.
Meanwhile, the MIAA said the project entailed design parameters based on the Aerodrome Design Manual of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The thickness for the pavement structures of the new exit taxiways was designed based on the requirements for the characteristics of large new aircraft.
MIAA said the new rapid taxiways were designed with concrete pavement and asphalt shoulder and its design life is twenty years.
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