CLARK International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd said development of the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga will be pursued.
The DOTC had already infused an initial P1.2 billion for the construction of our new Low Cost Carrier Passenger Terminal Building , he said.
“The fact that this project is up for bidding this year is proof that government is serious in developing Clark Airport,” Tanjuatco added.
Tanjuatco also said that Clark Airport will serve the northern regions of Luzon, while the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) services the southern portion. He clarified that the 2 airports are not competing since their operations and expansion complement each other.
For his part, DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that “the new LCC PTB is designed to accommodate at least 15 million passengers annually at the price of P7.2 billion. We tapped the services of Aeroports de Paris for the feasibility study not only of the terminal but also other facilities at the aviation complex.”
The transport chief also clarified that while the proposed Sangley International Airport is still under study, government is focused on the aggressive development of both NAIA and Clark.
Tanjuatco earlier vowed to draw some 3 million passengers to Clark Airport within the next 2 years, as well as to attract more airlines. He continuously promotes it as a prime destination for international carriers.
Tanjuatco is currently working towards convincing Emirates and AirAsia to return to the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex, and is inviting more airlines to operate at the gateway.
Currently, CAI hosts air carriers such as Dragonair, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Seair, Qatar Airways, Tigerair, Jin Air, and AirAsia Berhad.