CLARK International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said it would accept bids for construction of the P1.2 billion low-cost carrier passenger terminal building (LCC-PTB) in the middle of this year after President Benigno Aquino 3rd approved the project.
CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio Tanjuatco said the new facility is expected to boost the development of Clark Airport and will attract more airlines and investors to operate at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
The National Economic Development Authority approved last week the initial phase of the P1.2-billion project. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will start building the first phase of the terminal this year.
DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said the department has the budget for the first phase of construction using the Aéroports de Paris design, which he feels was too big for actual demand.
Abaya said the company refused to change the design and they compromised by agreeing to build the terminal in phases.
“We will build in phases as the demand comes in,” Abaya said.
In October 2013, the DOTC said the Aquino administration was studying the concept of a low-cost carrier terminal at the Clark Airport because of its potential as an alternate gateway of the country.
Victor Jose Luciano, former president and chief executive officer of CIAC, had submitted to the DOTC a proposal for an LCC terminal costing an initial P7.2 billion.
When fully operational, the budget terminal would be able accommodate about 10 to 15 million passengers annually.
It would serve budget carriers currently flying out of Clark, including Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Jin Air, and Tiger Air Philippines, as well as long-haul airlines like South Korea’s Asiana Airlines, Dragonair of Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, and Emirates Airlines.
The DOTC had allocated P100 million for a feasibility study on the entire Clark Civil Aviation Complex in preparation for its transformation into the next premier international gateway of the Philippines.
In May last year, a P417 million improvement project of the existing passenger terminal building at Clark Airport was completed, boosting the annual passenger capacity to four million from 2.5 million previously.