The Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has opened NAIAEX, NAIAX and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway to establish a new connectivity between NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Cavitex, Skyway, and Entertainment City.
The PHP20.45bn ($413m) NAIA Expressway project features a four-lane, 12.65km elevated expressway and a 2.2km at-grade road traversing Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Parañaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
Authorities anticipate that the new elevated expressway will be used by nearly 80,000 motorists on a daily basis, improving travel times between SLEX to NAIA.
Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said: “A total of 17 off and on ramps have been constructed along strategic locations at Villamor Airbase, Resorts World, NAIA Terminal 3, MIAA Road, Imelda Avenue, Cavitex, Seaside Drive and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard.
"The NAIA Expressway project is expected to benefit 80,000 travellers per day and expected to reduce travel time from SLEX to NAIA from one hour to 20 minutes."
The contract to construct and operate the expressway was awarded in 2013 to Vertex Tollways Development, a unit of San Miguel (SMC).
SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said: “With our growing participation in the infrastructure industry and the formal opening of NAIA Expressway, we can have a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of Filipinos. For SMC, this is the road ahead, one that leads to progress and prosperity for all.”
NAIA Expressway will offer easy access to the commuters travelling to and from NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will interface with the South Luzon Expressway through Sales Interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway and Macapagal Boulevard.
Villar added: "The opening of Ramp 1 and 17, which provides access to both Alabang and Makati area, is expected to complement the existing NAIA expressway road network, which already connected Macapagal Boulevard and Pagcor Entertainment City to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and Skyway.
“The two ramps will be toll-free for 30 days."