The NAIA Expressway (NAIAEx, NAIAx and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway) [1] is an 11.6-kilometer (7.2 mi) elevated expressway system in Metro Manila, Philippines, which links the Metro Manila Skyway to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Entertainment City. It runs along Andrews Avenue, Electrical Road and NAIA Road connecting the Skyway to Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Macapagal Boulevard, Jose Diokno Boulevard and the Manila–Cavite Expressway. The roadway is the first airport expressway in the Philippines which opened in September 2016.[2] It is located in the cities of Pasay and Parañaque. The entire expressway is designated as Expressway 6 (E6) of the Philippine expressway network.

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NAIA Expressway
NAIA Skyway
A map of expressways in Luzon, with the NAIA Expressway in orange
NAIA Expressway, looking south towards NAIA Road from Andrews Avenue in Pasay
Route information
Length11.6 km (7.2 mi)
Existed2016–present
Restrictions
  • Philippines road sign R3-5.svg Motorcycles below 400cc
  • Philippines road sign R3-3.svg All passenger jeepneys
  • Philippines road sign R3-8.svg All closed light trucks
Major junctions
West endJose Diokno Boulevard in Parañaque
 
East end E2 (Skyway) at Sales Interchange in PasayTaguig boundary
Location
Major citiesPasay, Parañaque
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

Route descriptionEdit

 
The elevated expressway as seen from street level

From the Sales Interchange (NAIA exit) of the Metro Manila Skyway, the expressway heads to the southwest and runs along Sales Road across Villamor Airbase and Newport City. It then curves to the northwest on Andrews Avenue towards the entrance to NAIA Terminal 3 and continues along the northern perimeter of the airport towards Electrical Road near NAIA Terminal 4. From here, it makes a turn to the south and runs parallel to Domestic Road on the east towards the NAIA Road junction. From this junction, the expressway branches into two, with one traversing eastwards to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2, while the other continues westwards to Entertainment City and the Manila–Cavite Expressway.

HistoryEdit

 
Under-construction segment of the expressway along Andrews Avenue in front of the Resorts World Manila in 2014.

Construction on the 1.6-kilometer (0.99 mi) NAIA Expressway Phase 1 (NAIA Terminal 3 Exit of the Metro Manila Skyway) was completed in 2009.[3] It provided an entry/exit ramp to the then newly-opened NAIA Terminal 3 and Resorts World Manila. On January 2, 2014, construction began on Phase 2 of the NAIA Expressway. It included a 7.15-kilometer (4.44 mi) extension of the expressway all the way to Macapagal Boulevard in Entertainment City, Parañaque via Andrews Avenue, Electrical Road (west of Domestic Road) and NAIA Road.[4][5]

On September 22, 2016 at exactly 12:01 AM (PST), the second phase of the airport expressway from Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 was opened to all motorists and airport passengers rushing to their flights in order to avoid the traffic lights at every intersection along NAIA Road. The opening of the elevated airport expressway was led by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. According to Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the toll collection at the NAIAEx would begin on October 22 exactly 1 month after the opening of the airport tollway.[2]

On December 21, 2016 at exactly 6:00 AM (PST), the Entertainment City-NAIA Road-SLEX-Skyway segment (including the access ramp to Terminal 3) of the airport expressway was opened to all motorists for the Christmas rush.

On December 28, 2016, the access ramps to Manila-Cavite Expressway or CAVITEx were also opened to all motorists coming from the province of Cavite and Las Piñas for easier access to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and vice versa.

On June 2, 2017, NAIAx was fully opened to all motorists.

Technical specificationsEdit

 
On the Macapagal Boulevard off-ramp looking towards Okada Manila
  • Name: NAIA Expressway or NAIA Skyway
  • Concession Holder: Vertex Tollways Development, Inc.
  • Operator: Vertex Tollways Development, Inc.
  • Concession starting date: 2013
  • Concession ending date: 2043
  • Length: 11.6-kilometer (7.2 mi)
  • Highway exits: 8
  • Exit ramps: 2 (Villamor, NAIA 3)
  • Toll plazas: 1
  • Height:
  • Spurs: none

TollsEdit

 
Toll booth at the NAIA Terminals 1 & 2 on-ramp

The expressway uses a barrier toll system, where toll collection is done at toll barriers on a fixed rate. The eastbound lanes of NAIAx employ toll collection at exit points and a common toll plaza in front of NAIA Terminal 3, while the westbound lanes employ toll collection only on entry points. The expressway uses the Autosweep RFID electronic toll collection system, shared with Skyway, SLEX, and STAR Tollway.

Skyway system rates (September 22, 2016 - July 2017)Edit

Class Toll
Class 1
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
20.00
Class 2
(Buses, Light Trucks)
₱40.00

NAIAx rates (July 2017-present)Edit

Class Short Segment Full Route
Class 1
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
35.00 ₱45.00
Class 2
(Buses, Light Trucks)
₱69.00 ₱90.00
Class 3
(Heavy Trucks)
₱104.00 ₱134.00

Source: Toll Regulatory Board (NAIA Expressway Toll Rate)

ExitsEdit

Exits are numbered by kilometer posts, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as kilometer zero

ProvinceCity/MunicipalitykmmiExitNameDestinationsNotes
Pasay  E2 (Skyway) – Makati, AlabangSales Interchange. East end of expressway.
Villamor toll plaza A (Westbound only)
(Pass thru only)
Villamor toll plaza B (Eastbound only)
(Pass thru only)
  NAIA Terminal 3, Newport CityWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Andrews Avenue toll plaza A (electronic toll collection, cash payments)
Andrews Avenue toll plaza B (electronic toll collection, cash payments)
Newport City, Villamor AirbaseEastbound exit and westbound entrance.
  NAIA Terminal 3Southbound exit only.
  NAIA Terminals 1 and 2Directional T interchange.
Parañaque  E3 (CAVITEx) – CaviteWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Macapagal BoulevardWestbound exit and eastbound entrance.
Seaside DriveWestbound exit and eastbound entrance. Access to Okada Manila.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DPWH PPP Projects NAIA Archived November 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "NAIA Expressway finally opening on September 22". ABS-CBN. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Arroyo inaugurates NAIA expressway before leaving for Korea". GMA News. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ NAIA Expressway Phase 2 Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "NAIA Expressway to be operational 2015". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 14°31′15″N 121°1′21″E / 14.52083°N 121.02250°E / 14.52083; 121.02250