The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will start building the first phase of the Clark budget terminal this year.
DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said that the department already has the budget for the first phase of construction. He said that while DOTC will still use the Aéroports de Paris terminal design, he feels that it was too big for actual demand.
He added that since the company refused to change the design, they compromised by agreeing to build the terminal in phases.
“We will build in phases as the demand comes in. Next year we have funding for the first phase,” Abaya said.
In October 2013, the DOTC said that the Aquino administration was studying the concept of a low-cost carrier terminal at the Clark Airport “because of its potential as a gateway of the country.”
Victor Jose Luciano, former president and chief executive officer of Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), earlier 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.
CIAC also said that the new passenger terminal building, which is designed to accommodate five million passengers annually, has been completed.
The DOTC had earlier 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 in the Philippines.