• Poe eyes full utilization of Clark airport


    Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero will push for the full utilization of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga City to help ease air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) if they win in the upcoming elections.

    Escudero said instead of looking at Clark as a replacement to NAIA, they are considering using it as a second hub for international flights NAIA is being transferred.

    “Our plan is not to immediately close NAIA and make Clark as the new airport of Manila. Instead, we will use it as a second airport that will accommodate international flights,” Escudero said in a press conference in Angeles City, Pampanga.

    While he believes that NAIA should be relocated outside Metro Manila, Escudero said the transfer should be done gradually for a smooth transition.

    Poe said the full utilization of Clark airport will not only ease air traffic in NAIA but will also create jobs and hike tourist arrivals, boosting the $6 billion income the country earned from tourist arrivals last year.

    Poe noted that Thailand’s income from tourist arrivals is around $42 billion.

    The senator said that Clark’s existing runway is ideal for international flights and can accommodate big airplanes. The airport can still be expanded and more runways can be added to accommodate more planes.

    “Clark can really help decongest NAIA, boost tourism, minimize unemployment, and it full utilization is one of our priorities if given a chance to lead the country,” Poe stressed.
    The Poe-Escudero tandem will be using Clark as its takeoff and landing point during the campaign.

    Clark international Airport was renamed Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) by virtue of a resolution approved by the Clark Development Corp. in 2003 during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    However, its name was reverted to Clark International Airport because foreign pilots find it difficult to pronounce the new name.

    Allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Congress now want to name the airport Corazon C. Aquino International Airport.


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    1. It is about time some senators are considering making Clark International Airport or the Diosdado Macapagal Airport the second airport after NAIAA. DMA is big and can accommodate international flights better than NIAA. More runways can be built to accommodate the big international planes.

      More jobs will be created and will lessen traffic in Metro Manila.

    2. Rodan Guerrero on

      Poe still thinks she is in contention of the presidency? What she should do now is to start packing her things in the Senate and get worried on how she brings back the money she owes from her supporters who spent hundreds of millions to propel her foolish ambitions that will never come to reality!