The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will spend P160 million for the revision of the masterplan for the budget terminal in Clark International Airport (CIA).
“We are transferring funds to CIAC [Clark International Airport Corp.] for them to start their update of the masterplan because they have several masterplan before for Clark. It’s a matter of updating it original masterplan,” said Jaime Raphael Feliciano, DOTC assistant secretary for Planning and Project Development.
CIAC originally had no plan to build a budget terminal in Clark, Pampanga, to serve the rising number of passengers and airlines operating in the northern part of the country.
“I think 80 percent of traffic is LCC [low-cost carrier] so there is a need to build a budget terminal that has to be incorporated, that’s why we’re transferring funds to them to be able to start that. I think the proposal is P160 million for the mas-terplan,” Feliciano added.
Fastest growing airport
CIA posted passenger traffic of 1.3 million in 2012, making it as one of the fastest growing airports in the country.
“So hopefully, we have that project [budget terminal]submitted to NEDA [National Economic and Development Authority] and get the approval this year and start the construction by 2014. So that’s the timeline, hopefully it will push through,” Feliciano added.
The funding will be shouldered by the government.
The project would be undertaken through the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership program.
Clark airport also plays host to various budget and legacy air carriers operating out of Clark. Among them are AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia, AirAsia Philippines, PAL Express, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, Jin Air, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair and Emirates.