Clark International Airport as Asia’s next ‘aerotropolis’


Clark International Airport. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–With the world’s economic center of gravity rapidly moving eastward, there is increasing urgency to develop Clark International Airport into an aviation hub, and this is the focus of a two-day conference to be held this month at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

“The Case for Asia’s Next Aerotropolis” is the theme of the Clark Aviation Conference 2013, a trade gathering that will examine Clark’s compelling case as an aerotropolis, an idea in community planning where airports serve as the center for new cities growing around them.

The conference, being organized by Clark International Airport Corp (CIAC) in partnership with Global Gateway Logistics City, takes place Feb. 21-22, 2013, at the Widus Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone. It coincides with the annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

“The event will highlight Clark International Airport’s critical role in easing air traffic congestion in Manila and driving economic expansion in Central Luzon. It will also identify infrastructure and policy developments at Clark Freeport Zone that are designed to attract airport-related businesses and investments,” said CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano.

“More importantly, the conference is a call for the full development of Clark International Airport as an aviation nerve center in the light of the economic growth in Asia.”

Heads of government agencies—including Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Atty. Arnel Casanova and Trade Assistant Secretary Fe Agoncillo-Reyes—and private-sector representatives will look at Clark’s prospects as an aviation and investment destination in Asia, even as they examine pressing aviation and tourism concerns and propose sustainable and long-term solutions.

Keynote speaker is Greg Lindsay, the US-based co-author of the bestselling book, Aerotropolis, The Way We’ll Live Next. Other speakers include Tourism Undersecretary Daniel Corpuz, John Forbes of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, former Tourism Secretary Narzalina Lim, and Capt. Benjamin Solis, adviser of CIAC.

The convention targets international investors, logistics and supply chain executives, tourism stakeholders, airline officials, import and export managers, and members of the academe. They are expected to gain insights into Clark’s potentials as an aviation and investment destination in Asia and understand better its increasing role in national and regional development.

To register or make inquiries, call event manager PortCalls at (632) 552-7072, (632) 551-1775, or (0917) 5555273; or email For more details, log on to

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  • jurbinsky77

    Highfalutin words, signifying nothing.

    • truth_will_set_us_free


  • Echuserang_Froglet

    hindi nga maayos naia clark pa. ppppppppppwwwweeeeeeeeeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww

  • bomber

    We welcome this vision. We need to have vision to move forward.
    Hopefully this government will have a shared vision for a shared progress and not just in some exclusive places in PH :)

    Cebu airport is crowded please make the Cebu airport and transportation systems efficient :D

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Pwedeng mangyari iyan kung itutuloy ang PNR Rehabilitation Program via North Railroad   from Caloocan to Clark ito ang pinaka magandang access para mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga turista from Clark to Manila. Less traffic at Convinient para sa mga traveller… kung hindi lang kinurakot ni gloria ang Programa na ito palagay ko kahit papaano tuloy tuloy na ang mga pag asenso ng Clark Air port.

    • magiting78

      I agree…sana ituloy yung project dami n nakatau column sayang yung mga materialyes nabubulok lng…Magandang project din yung rehabilitation ng PNR to decongest yung trapik s Metro Manila..

  • dennis

    This is just an idea kung makakatulong.Making Clark as our International Airport is a good idea! Manila is very congested na and besides,the position of our old NAIA is no longer healthy among filipino people as the city grows!

    My best proposal as i have said before was Clark,to be International Airport (port of international entry).Then converting NAIA as our CITY GRAND TERMINAL,upon which all buses from both Northern and South Luzon will meet and end up their destination at NAIA(City Grand Terminal).

    This is how it looks like:
    1)Both MRT and LRT will end their Station in CITY GRAND TERMINAL (NAIA).And must also serve as an end station or starting point of all buses that will travel both North and South bound Luzon. Imagine how it will cause our roads inside Metro Manila to breath and guarantee safety and durability of every roads!
    2) Our Government must provide a “Government Owned” buses that will operate the whole Metro Manila.Color coded buses as i said before.RED BUSES operating Northern Caloocan; WHITE BUSES operating central Manila; BLUE BUSES operating Southbound area like Taguig,Paranaque etc.
    3) There must be ONLY SINGLE TICKET must be use by every passengers good for ALL GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION LIKE MRT/LRT and Government Owned Buses.If there is an additional transportation like “Metro River Line” using Pasig River for transportation too then it will be ok! So,kung magkakaroon ng Government Owned Buses then it will create a “Standard” Bus Stop modified for our transportation.(height specification).
    How does ticket looks like:
    1) 2 Hour ticket validity
    2) Weekly Ticket
    3) Monthly Ticket*
    4) Yearly Ticket (price must be good for 10-month! Libre na ang 2 months to encourage continue buying or renewing of Yearly Tickets)
    5) Senior Citizen´s Ticket
    note *=means ticket must be transferable WITHIN family members!
    Schools at all levels(public or private) MUST PROVIDE transportation allowance to all students if they CANNOT PROVIDE SCHOOL BUSES! Siguro naman eh kumita na ang mga iskul after hundred of years of servicing the people!

    This is just an idea,I never ask for return credit but for the good of our country,for our people! Ang daang matuwid ay hindi humihingi ng kapalit!

    • magiting78

      Well good Idea yan dens…it will be look a like central terminal in Italy all buses and trains are interconected as well as airport for domestic fligths…and all tickets are usuable to transpo…Dapat tulad mo ang mga nakaupo s gobyerno hnd yung kung sino sino lang basta may kapit…kaya walang magandang planing..actually yung trapik s Metro ay kayang solusyonan kung may magandang planning and zoning lang…

    • Dennis

      magandang panukala! 

      i think ang problema natin is urban planning….mukhang me pera na tayo na pedeng i-dispose ‘kit talamak pa rin ang curroption sa atin..

      …to date, i am yet to hear from national government kung ano ang vision nila sa PH by 2015…2020…and beyond….i think kelangan natin ng para bang ‘blueprint’ para ‘kit sino ang naka-upo, meron continuity….

      • dennis

        Alam mo ang kagandahan ng “ONE SINGLE TICKET like Monthly ticket or Yearly Ticket,tumaas man ang bilihin like gasoline or crude oil sa bansa eh at least naka-secure ka na! Nabili mo na agad ng mababang presyo!

    • iloveyoy

      6) Bus terminals at every major MRT/LRT train stations.

      • dennis

        Terminal is good kaya nga lang yoy,magiging overcrowded lalo! A Bus Stop will be enough so that people can make TRANSFER from one buses to another! Or from MRT/LRT to Buses with only SINGLE TICKET BEING USED! Malaking tipid yan!

    • macmacus

      I have no problem making clark as international hub but i have some issue regarding that. What if the weather in manila is bad and the weather in clark is clear skies. There is already flooding in manila that means you cannot go to clark but your flight in clark is not cancelled. Your proposal is good but this is only to free up manila but let us look the businessmen who go here for a day or so it would be waste of time to go to clark then makati then clark. We can make clark as international hub but not close naia. Just like what the businessmen are saying we want to go to manila not clark to do business trips #just saying

      • dennis

        The problem you are pointing about is WEATHER and not the efficiency and integrity of an Airport! There are such solutions regarding transportation from and to Clark-Manila.How about establishing a TGV railway liner? Do you know that? A fast train that can travel 200-250kms/hour! To make it familiar to you,this TGV´s are train that servicing most Europe.A good example is Great Britain-France.How to implement this? Pwedeng maggawa ng Railway at the back of NAIA going to Clark Airport that will only render services between NAIA (Grand Terminal) to Clark without stop over! You know what,travellers from all over the country are not based in Manila,kaya yung problema na “flooding” is just a meantime Manilenan problem,…eh di lalo na yung mga taga Probinsiya? Saka kung taga North ka,then why do you need to enter Manila kung pwede ka namang dumeretso sa Clark International Airport? Why?
        Kung napakalaking kawalan sa NAIA 1 ang trabaho or serbisyo as AIRPORT then we can do it this way…Are you familiar with the “SkyLink” System of Airport? This system is that,You are the one who will make YOUR OWN SITTING ARRANGEMENT,depende sa type ng ticket mo.In short,di mo na kailangan ng Personal Assistance Crew from anyone to do your “Check-in” of your things.Syempre hindi mawawala ang mag-aasist saýo but ang ginagawa ngayon eh IKAW NA ANG GAGAWA NG SARILI MONG SITTING ARRANGEMENT SA EROPLANO NA SASAKYAN MO.

  • Rommie

    Sinu-sino na naman kaya ang mauulanan ng mga “biyaya” sa dambuhalang project na yan…

    • Dhon Buenavista

       Definitely you, me and the whole Filipinos.

    • Chris

      Can’t we just work as a nation?

    • magiting78

      hayaan n natin kung meron man basta masolusyunan lang mga suliranin s transpo…makakurakot man sila ng milyones basta yung return of investment ay malaki din…mahirap nun baka maging ghost project lang….

  • franklyn flores

    The name on top of that building made the airport cheap. The structure looks hightech but the signage looks like a coca cola sign  from a sari sari store. I hope they change that to something better.

    • ZZtop R King

      I agree Franklyn gandahan namn nila ang mga signange para hindi nakakaligaw

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