“We see Clark International Airport (CRK) as a premier gateway alongside NAIA and Sangley, especially in view of its rapid growth over the past few years, as well as government’s development plans for the entire economic zone and the rest of the region. This is the direction we are taking for presentation to the President, for his consideration,” DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya said.
“The airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB) was expanded last May, providing new and modernized facilities to better serve the public and boosting annual passenger capacity to around 4 million from the previous 2.5 million,” Abaya added.
PhP417 million was used to increase the airports passenger terminal size from 11,439 square meters to 19,799 square meters with additional check-in counters from 13 to 34. Clark International Airport now has additional 12 departure gates and 5 additional arrival counters.
The airport can now accommodate more international flights from Qatar Airways and Emirates.
“ADP presented its concept design for a new LCC terminal to DOTC and CIAC officials last month, and CIAC is now scheduled to present this proposal to the National Economic Development Authority–Investment Coordination Committee in August. The proposed new budget terminal will boost CRK’s capacity further to between 8 and 16 Million passengers per year. We are hoping for a smooth process in order for the project to be completed within 2016,” Abaya noted.
“These exciting new developments signal even greater economic progress for Clark and the entire region in the coming years,” the Transportation and Communications chief added.
DOTC also eyes to start operating new international airport in Sangley Point by year 2025. Japan International Cooperation Agency is the lead researcher of the international airport project in Sangley Point.
“Because of its (Sangley Point) geographical position, the Philippines is poised to be and should be the aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region and we must not waste time to do that. It means jobs, it means opportunities and alleviation of poverty, all of those things. Economic impact of aviation could be tremendous,” said Shizuo Iwata, project manager of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Metro Manila Master Transportation Study and chairman of Almec Corp..