Starting April, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will begin the second phase of its Schedule & Terminal Assignment Rationalization (STAR) program, which will turn Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 into an exclusively domestic facility, while international flights will be assigned to Terminals 1 and 3.
The STAR program is expected to increase Terminal 2’s capacity and improve its passenger volume by 20 to 25%. Removing infrastructure such as immigration counters will provide necessary space for expansion, and realigning Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) personnel to Terminals 1 and 3 is expected to enhance their manpower deployment.
From April 16, Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, China Southern Airlines, and Starlux Airlines will be relocated to Terminal 3. Philippine Airlines (PAL) will transfer its flights to and from Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh to Terminal 1 on the same day.
On June 1, Ethiopian Airlines and Jeju Air will be relocated to Terminal 3. Subsequently, from June 16, all international flights operated by Philippine Airlines will move to Terminal 1.
The third phase of the program will begin on July 1, with all domestic flights of Philippines AirAsia to be operated from NAIA Terminal 2. While the MIAA works on expanding Terminal 2’s capacity, Cebu Pacific’s domestic operations will continue to be managed from Terminals 3 and 4 for the time being.