THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is confident it will be able to auction off the P7.2-billion Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCC) at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga next year.
“We are fine-tuning the FS [feasibility study]that Aeroport de Paris submitted to us. We are confident that we could bid it outnext year,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters.
In October last year, 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 that would be set up at Clark Airport.
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.