MORE airlines are expected to operate at the Clark International Airport (CRK) once a P15-billion world-class passenger terminal is built at the CRK, which should help it develop into a new gateway for the country.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board recently approved the Clark passenger terminal project at a meeting in Malacanang last Friday.
“We would like to express our gratitude to President Benigno Aquino 3rd for approving the passenger terminal project, which will greatly help attract more airlines to operate at the Clark International Airport,” said Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).
“This is a welcome development for the whole Clark community as well as for the entire country as we will have a new world-class passenger terminal for Clark airport,” Tanjuatco said in a statement.
The first phase of the passenger terminal project will expand its capacity to accommodate 3 million passengers annually. The first phase is expected to be completed within two years and bidding and construction are expected to start by 2016.
The second phase of the project will further expand capacity to accommodate another 5 million annually.
“Overall, the passenger terminal will accommodate 8 million passengers annually,” he said.
The national government has allocated a total of P15 billion for the development of the Clark Airport passenger terminal.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) tapped the services of French firm Aeroports de Paris in 2014 to conduct a feasibility study and draw up a master plan for the new passenger terminal and other areas at the 2,367-hectare Civil Aviation Complex.
The current passenger capacity of the existing passenger terminal is at 4 million per year and this is being utilized by budget airlines and full service airlines operating 24 hours a day.
Clark Airport is currently host to a number of carriers such as Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, CebGo, Tiger Air Singapore, Dragonair, Jin Air, and Air Asia Berhad.