The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is fast tracking the DOTC plan to introduce airport buses by announcing that they will start offering e-jeepney services to arriving passengers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in a test run beginning July 2015.
In order to address the problem of arriving passengers who find it difficult to get rides out of the airport, five e-jeepneys otherwise knows as COMET (City Optimized Managed Electric Transport) will offer rides from NAIA Terminal 3 to three cities for now, Makati, Taguig and Pasay, for a month.
The 16-seater e-jeepneys or COMETs owned by Global Electric Transport (GET) Ltd. will pick up passengers at airport shuttle terminals and offer drop-offs at Ayala Center in Makati, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
GET is in the process of getting approval and permits from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in order to make it to the July debut.
The COMET uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries with a maximum range of 70 kilometers on a single charge. It offers cashless payment system and GPS for telemetry and tracking.
If successful, the MIAA plans to offer a 20 shuttle fleet for each of the three routes.