• Clark airport getting steady upgrades to complement NAIA

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    The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) has started several projects aimed at developing the Clark International Airport as part of the government’s solution to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

    In a statement, CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose Luciano said that, “A team of the French firm Aeroports De Paris commissioned by the Department of Transportation and Communication [DOTC] arrived on Monday at Clark Airport to begin the feasibility study for the master plan as well as the design of the Budget Terminal Building that would be set up at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.”

    Luciano said that the new Budget Terminal Building is estimated at P7.2 billion with a passenger capacity of 15 million annually.

    The project would be funded by the DOTC.

    “The government had already approved the P600 million that would be used to fund several equipment, such as the purchase a new dual passenger boarding bridge as part of the requirements of Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways for their wide bodied aircrafts,” Luciano said.

    Emirates and Qatar started their Middle East flights from Clark last October 2013.

    The 26.75-kilometer fence and 13.2-kilometer perimeter lighting system would be set up at Clark Airport. Navigational aids equipment will also be installed at the runways to replace the 18-year-old systems.

    Luciano also said that a major tender and rapid intervention vehicle fire trucks will be purchased as part of the upgrading of the Emergency Services Unit of Clark Airport, and to comply with the requirements of the International Civil Authority Organization (ICAO) for a Category 10 rating.

    Clark Airport is currently rated Category 9 by ICAO.

    Luciano also stressed that all of these projects are being support by the national government as part of its plan to develop Clark coinciding with NAIA in Metro Manila.

    “As you can see, the national government is fully supportive to develop Clark Airport,” Luciano said.

    The official added that the rehabilitation of the existing passenger terminal is expected to be completed by February 2014.

    DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya in a message read by Luciano said that, “We recognize that NAIA and Clark both have significant impacts to the country’s economic growth, particularly in terms of tourism and logistics. In line with this, we are working to maximize the capacity of NAIA and to further develop that of Clark’s.”

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